The implementation of international standards in MPHC


Ian Flynn from Accuccience callibrating medical equipment which is done on an annual bais as part of the IPCS Audit process.

MPHC is able to demonstrate and measure patient care standards in a comprehensive manner through the building and management standards it uses. The building is built to the highest medical building standards namely the UK Technical Memorandum Standards. We looked at the available international standards and were certified to ISO 18001:2007 (formerly OHSAS 18001:2007) in June 2010 and annually since by EQA. MPHC was the first time a medical institution in Ireland has achieved this. What this means is that we have clear objectives and targets with a continuous improvement programme in place. Equipment is calibrated and serviced regularly. Clinical, managerial and regulatory activities are reviewed on an ongoing basis. Complaints and incidents are handled in an organised way and responded to. All of this is assisted by a state of the art computer system.

In conjunction with this the International Primary Care Standard (IPCS) has been developed over the last 6 years in MPHC and individual practices, with the co-operation of different individuals experienced  in clinical, management and scientific standards development, as well as inputs from patient groups & experienced auditors. IPCS was developed as an affordable, fit for purpose standard for all pre-hospital health services, Primary Care Centres, GP practices and other Healthcare providers.










Training For EQA in IPCS May 2017








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Mallow Primary Healthcare Centre awarded OHSAS 18001 Certification by EQA. Mallow Primary Healthcare Centre, Co. Cork has become one of the first Primary Healthcare Centres to be awarded an Occupational Health & Safety Management System certificate. EQA (Ireland) are the first and currently the only certification body with OHSAS 18001 accreditation from the Irish National Accreditation Board (INAB). Certificates were presented by Mr. John Perry TD, Minister for Small Business at a ceremony marking the launch at the National Irish Safety Organisation (NISO) head office in Dublin. Pictured at the certificate presentation were (from left to right): John Perry TD Minister for Small Business Dr. David Molony Mallow Primary Healthcare Centre Damian Casey Christine Daly Director EQA Twenty other organisations representing a wide range of business sectors received their certificates from the Minister at the function. Over 60,000 organisations in more than 120 countries have been certified to the OHSAS 18001 standard in the past decade. Speaking at the presentation, the Minister congratulated Mallow Primary Healthcare Centre and the other organisations on achieving OHSAS 18001 certification. He spoke of the advantages of OHSAS 18001 Certification, in particular the opportunities for an organisation to control its OH&S risks and improve its OH&S performance. In addition, the Minister stated that certification is being recognised increasingly by industry as a clear advantage when tendering for public and private sector contracts at local and international levels. Mallow Primary Healthcare Centre Mallow, Co.Cork.

Presentation of EQA Certificate to MPHC by Minister Perry