The EQuIP focuses on the issues considered to be of the greatest importance in providing safe, high quality health care. The standards have been developed in consultation with the healthcare industry and address the Clinical, Support and Corporate Functions of the organisation.
The EQuIP standards and criteria express goals that are common to different types of services. This means that although the evidence presented by different healthcare organisations for a criterion may vary, consideration of evidence can be made in the context of organisational structure, geography, consumer / patient type and services.
The structure of the EQuIP Framework is in the following hierarchy:
- Function – group of standards
- Standard – describes the overall goal
- Criteria – describe the key components of the goal which are required to achieve that goal
- Elements – identify what should be in place to at least fulfil the requirements of the criterion at a certain rating level. Elements should be considered as a framework for total quality management and improvement rather than a checklist of compliance.