message FROM the Chief executive Deb Willcox
It is no secret our district is full of devoted and talented staff who deserve to be celebrated. Among those are our allied health professionals, who celebrated Allied Health Professionals Day on October 14. Allied health is made up of a range of disciplines, all working incredibly hard for our patients, our community and our fellow healthcare workers. Whether you are talking about the allied health clinicians that helped the survivors of the White Island Volcano eruption get back on their feet, or those who assisted other districts during the devastating bushfires in our home state, or the team who flew out to the Diamond Princess at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic – you are all truly remarkable. Our district is also celebrating three of our wonderful projects announced as NSW Health Award finalists. To be nominated for these awards is ordinarily a spectacular achievement, but to do it in a year like the one we are experiencing makes it all the more impressive. Congratulations goes to the following finalists: the mental health intensive care unit at Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Hospital which has been nominated in the Excellence in the Provision of Mental Health Services category for its project ‘Reducing Time in Seclusion in the Mental Health Intensive Care Unit’; the intensive care unit at Royal North Shore Hospital which has been nominated in the Patient Safety First category for its project ‘Reducing Inappropriate Arterial Blood Gas Testing in a 58-Bed Quaternary Intensive Care Unit’; and to Mona Vale Hospital’s rehabilitation units, which have been nominated in the
Transforming Patient Experience category for the project ‘Patient Led Handover’. Winners will be announced next Thursday, October 29 via a live stream on the NSW Health Facebook page. Following extensive consultation, I am pleased to announce our district’s Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging Strategy 2020- 2022. This sets out our priorities for creating a more diverse and inclusive workforce over the coming years. I encourage you all to take the time to read through the strategy – available here. As part of this strategy we have committed to establishing our NSLHD Employee Resource Network for Disability. This is a voluntary, employee-led group that provides a collaborative space to amplify the voices of staff with a disability, those who champion staff, and staff who care for people living with a disability. All staff are welcome to be part of this driving force for access and inclusion. James Stormon, Director of Northern Beaches Hospital Relationships is the executive sponsor of the network and has the full support of the NSLHD executive team. To join the Employee Resource Network for Disability, please contact NSLHD-ODTeam@ health.nsw.gov.au. The first meeting will take place on 10 November 2020.
Deb Willcox Chief Executive Northern Sydney Local Health District
2 NSLHDNEWS | ISSUE 20| 23 OCTOBER 2020
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