1. Registration

Practices seeking assessment against the Aiming for Excellence Standard should register with the College

2. Practice self-assessment

Practices initially need to undertake a self-assessment and provide evidence to the College on how they meet each of the Aiming for Excellence standard criteria.

The Aiming for Excellence guide describes the requirements of the standard, and assists practices to understand and provide appropriate evidence against the criteria in the standard.

While practices may already meet and are able to provide immediate evidence for a number of criteria, some criteria may require further work. 

3. College assigns an assessor

The College will assign assessors to the practice after it receives the practice’s self-assessment.

4. Assessment visit

The College will arrange with each practice a suitable date and time to undertake the on-site external assessment, which is set for one day. The assessor will review the evidence provided by the practice for their self-assessment, and assess the practice against the requirements of the Aiming for Excellence standard. 

5. Assessment results

When the results of the external assessment indicate the practice has met all the Aiming for Excellence standard criteria, the College will confirm this with the practice. The practice and the assessor will have the opportunity to submit additional evidence and information as required during the post-assessment phase.

6. External Moderation and Accreditation

Once the assessor is satisfied all criteria have been met, including any additional work submitted, then the final report is sent to Health and Disability Audit New Zealand (HDANZ) for external moderation. HDANZ may require the assessor or practice to provide further clarification.

When HDANZ have approved the final report, the College will award the CORNERSTONE® Accreditation Certificate to the practice. 

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