We hope this new communique is an exciting addition to the Accreditation Community of which you are a part of! We are doing a number of initiatives to make the SSH Accreditation Council more assessable to you.
One of our most exciting initiatives is the document you are reading! Many thanks to JJ, Deb and Keith for making this dream a reality. We are also working on the addition of the Fellowship standards. If you have a Fellows program at your site, you will have the opportunity to apply for Accreditation of your Fellows Program first.
We hope to have our on line course go live in the next few weeks, a promising addition to help us grow more accredited programs. We are excited to roll out a new Reviewer Trainer Program at IMSH 2020. If you have always wanted to be a Site Reviewer, be on the look out for the call for new reviewers which will be out soon!
Thank you for being a part of our growing community, we appreciate you.
Dawn M Schocken
Chair, SSH Accreditation Council
SSH Accreditation Council
The Council is a partially independent accrediting body of the SSH, a 501(c)(3) not for profit corporation. The purpose is to foster excellence in the healthcare simulation accreditation process.
The Council awards the following accreditations:
- SSH Provisional Accreditation
- SSH Full Accreditation
The Council shall be responsible for decisions regarding accreditation functions for the core aspects of accredited Programs. This includes the standards and elements, process and requirements for accreditation and reaccreditation, disciplinary determinations, the accreditation decisions, and selection, orientation, continued development, and quality management of Program Reviewers.
The Council is composed of eleven voting members (Council members), ten of whom represent the diversity of the healthcare simulation community (general members), and one of whom shall be a public member.
SSH Accreditation Board of Review
The Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH) Accreditation Council has guidelines to ensure that each Program that submits and application for accreditation receive an in-depth, bias-free review that is presented to the Board of Review members for vote on whether to approve or deny accreditation of the Program.
The Board of Review is composed of 12 voting members (BoR members) who represent the diversity of the healthcare simulation community and have demonstrated ability to critically examine simulation Programs. The Chair and Chair Elect/Past Chair of the Accreditation Council shall serve as the Chair and Vice Chair of the Board of Review in accordance with their Council terms.
The business development subcommittee is charged with maintaining the general business functions of the council comprising of providing information and recommendations on budgeting and finance, marketing and communications, and external affiliations. This subcommittee is also charged with maintaining the overall business plan of the council.
Currently the Business Development subcommittee has a few projects on their plate that include the exploration of additional business opportunities and options for accreditation.
The Program Reviewer subcommittee is charged with oversight and strategies relevant to the recruitment and retention of accreditation reviewers. This subcommittee is also charged with the support and development of site reviewers.
Currently the Program Reviewer subcommittee has a few projects on their plate that include the creation of team leader feedback report training and continued development of trainings for inter rater reliability (IRR) of reviewers.
The Quality subcommittee is charged with all of the data collection and information analysis centered on the accreditation of programs, the Council, and the reviewers
Currently the Quality subcommittee has a few projects on their plate that include the review of annual renewal surveys and the review of electronic application system.
Risk Management Subcommittee
The Risk Management subcommittee identifies, assesses, and controls threats to an organization, and makes sure those controls continue to work. Ideally, this is done proactively. Risks, stem from a wide variety of sources such as legal liabilities, strategic management errors, and employee and volunteer behavior.
Currently, the Risk Management subcommittee is working on review and revision of existing SSH Accreditation policies and procedures.
Accreditation has enjoyed many successes over the last decade. The annual trend of programs becoming accredited have continued to grow. Core and teaching continues to be the most popular type of accreditation. Provisional accreditation continues to be a popular choice.
Based on the data provided to the organization during the application process, the majority of the programs (84%) are from the United States.
79% of programs that were accredited have one (1) site
57% of programs employ seven (7) or more FTEs
56% of programs report they have 10,000 of more contact hours annually
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