The Excellent Care for All Act, 2010 (ECFAA) and other accountability agreements require all public hospitals, inter-disciplinary primary health care organizations, Home and Community Care organizations, and long-term care homes to create a QIP every year. Each organization is required to develop a plan that includes specific targets and actions that reflect Ontario’s health care improvement priorities and the quality issues that are locally relevant.QIP’s must be in place, publicly posted and submitted to Health Quality Ontario (HQO) each year. HQO is the provincial advisor on quality in health care.

QIP development must be informed by the following: mandatory and priority indicators established by the HQO, needs of patients, clients and residents, insight gleaned through the patient relations process, patient experience surveys and critical incidences, results and initiatives pertaining to employee and physician engagement, commitments outlined in Strategic Plans and Hospital Accountability Agreements and Ministry of Health priorities and Accreditation Canada standards and processes.

The Quality and Services Committee of the Board is responsible for the development of the QIPs at SAH.