NSLHD News March 3 2023

Quality and Improvement Awards return Applications for the 2023 Quality and

‘delivering value-based integrated care’ award. “I think I speak for all staff members when I say we don’t do the work we do for recognition or praise,” he said. “But it is always nice to be acknowledged and the award was something I was very proud to be a part of last year.” Staff wanting to enter the awards can visit https://bit.ly/QI-Awards-2023 or email nslhd-awards@health.nsw.gov.au for any guidance with submissions. Entries need to be submitted by Thursday 6 April.

Improvement Awards have officially opened. The annual awards aim to acknowledge and recognise staff members across the district that go above and beyond every day and make a real difference for our patients, consumers and our community. 2023 marks the fourth edition of the awards and staff can nominate across eight categories: • Transforming the Patient Experience Award • Patient Safety First Award • Delivering Value-Based Integrated Care Award • Supporting our People and Culture Award • Keeping People Healthy Award • Health Research and Digital Innovation Award • Excellence in the Provision of Mental Health Services Award • Planetary Health Award Acting Director of Operations Integration James Inglis worked on the ‘Geriatrician outreach to GPs’ project which saw the NSLHD Aged Care service and the Sydney North Health Network take home the Quality Program (ASQP) commenced recently, with the first of four workshops taking place at the Northern Sydney Education and Conference Centre. The 12 month program, which will take place across various venues within the district, will see 17 NSLHD staff members from various disciplines of health develop their capability to lead and enhance the safety, quality and person-centred care, provided in their local service. Throughout the year, participants will be guided to apply a range of the skills, methods and attitudes of healthcare safety, improvement science and facilitation skills in their workplace. They will also lead a team undertaking a quality improvement project in their work settings. ASQP is part of the NSW Safety and Quality Essentials Pathway, at the Adept level, which aims to meet the current safety and quality capability needs of everyone in NSW Health. Upon graduation from this program, participants are eligible to gain credit towards relevant post-graduate courses with partner Universities. As well as access to a range of programs for ongoing development in safety and quality improvement to continue to apply

A/Director Operations Integration James Inglis and RNSH geriatrician Dr Praveenan Sivabalan

2023 applied safety and quality program kicks off The inaugural NSLHD Applied Safety and

their learnings. NSLHD Deputy Board Chair Mary Chiarella AM said the program is an opportunity for staff across various disciplines to learn from each other. “This program is so exciting and is an incredibly important initiative,” she said. “There is a great mix of participants from various areas of health that can share important learnings from each other.”

ANSLHD Applied Safety and Quality Program participants with program co-ordinators Cathy Vinters and Catherine Rosario



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