Earlier, Hutt Valley DHB presented Quality Awards to high achievers in its area. They included pilot programmes focusing on Te Omanga Hospice patients in general practice.
Upper Hutt Health Centre nurse manager Maire Mackle says the pilot includes upskilling primary care to deal with increasing numbers of frail and chronically ill patients, eg, with end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or heart disease.
Building relationships is key, with the aim of reducing the fragmented nature of care, Mrs Mackle says. Funding from the DHB, through the PHO, has helped hugely.
“A lot of it is about having systems well set up, such as care plans so that problems are pre-empted.”
Two of the award winners have appeared in New Zealand Doctor this year – Upper Hutt practices collaborating to catch boys up on HPV vaccinations, and Hutt Union Community & Health Service’s efforts to improve diabetes management.
Full list of Hutt Valley winners
Excellence in clinical care: Sarah Thomas, for hospital central line associated bloodstream project; and Kylie Bolland, for audiology leadership
Excellence in community health & wellbeing: Faith-led wellness programme, Pacific Health Service Hutt Valley & Te Awakairangi Health Network health promotion team; and Linda Metuariki, Hutt Union Community & Health Services, Pomare
Excellence in process & systems Improvement: Diabetes quality improvement team from Hutt Union Community & Health Service and Te Awakairangi Health Network; and close care project team, Hutt Hospital
Excellence in the workplace: Janette McKevitt from the Child Development Service; and Nicky Smith, Bee Healthy Regional Dental Service
Excellence in research: Rheumatologist Rebecca Grainger
Excellence in integration: Palliative care patient journey team; and respiratory patient journey group
Chief executives’ awards: Upper Hutt HPV vaccination initiative; Helen Heaney, Ropata Medical Centre; care plan project team, Hutt Valley DHB.