Be Part of Team Counties

Thank you to everybody who joined me at Friday’s ‘Coffee with the CEO’ and the launch of MiddleNOmore, our 1000kg weight loss challenge. It was a great, fun event and I really enjoyed meeting many of you from across the organisation.

It was also heartening to hear that so many people are excited about MiddleNOmore and helping CMDHB lose 1000kg. We’ve already had about 130 staff sign up, with more rolling in as we speak. If you haven’t yet seen it, a link to the MiddleNOmore website is on our SouthNET page. On the site, you’ll find loads of information to support your weight loss journey, including how to register. There’s even the option to sign up for a free, personalised physical activity programme for those among us who need some extra help with exercise. Please do check it out, sign up and be part of Team Counties’ mammoth effort!

As for me, I’ve now sworn off cheese for the next few months and am trying hard to stick on the straight and narrow. I’ll let you know my initial progress at the end of this week.

One of the key things that struck me about Friday’s event was the almost tangible sense of community in the room. Of Team Counties pulling together and working as a team to make things happen. Of all of us together aiming for a common goal. It’s an extremely valuable asset for our organisation and, as you know, something I’m very proud of.

You might also know about the ambition for CMDHB to become the best healthcare system in Australasia by 2015. It’s a concept I’ve been introducing in my blog over the last few months, alongside our two core objectives – Sustainability and Excellence.

Often people set these goals and talk about becoming the best in their field but fail to then go on and prove how they have achieved that. I want us to be different. At the moment, we are drawing up targets that will not only set a path for us to become the best healthcare system in Australasia, but also demonstrate how we are, once we have achieved that goal. These aren’t lofty words for words’ sake.

Over the last few months CMDHB’s Executive Leadership Team, which is made up of top-level managers who report directly to me, have been putting together a framework to ensure we achieve this goal. This framework starts to outline how CMDHB will become a sustainable health system by the end of next year and then push on to make excellence the norm, making us the best healthcare system in Australasia by 2015.

But developing a framework will only take us so far. What we really need to achieve our goal is for everybody to get involved. No matter where in the organisation you work, we need your thoughts to shape the framework and decide on our next steps. What do you think we need to focus on to become the best healthcare system in Australasia by 2015?

To find this out, all staff will have the opportunity over the next few weeks to have their say. Today I’m hosting two sessions in Ko Awatea (at 12pm and 12:30pm) which are open to everybody. If you can, please come along and hear more about our new direction and how you think we can get there. I would love to hear your opinion.

Members of the Executive Leadership Team will also be talking with staff, as will your own managers. So no matter what level you work at, everybody in the organisation will have the opportunity to talk to a senior manager about what we are doing, your role in it and your ideas about it. We would love your commitment to Team Counties, to help us become not just world famous in New Zealand but also world class. Everybody, every day contributing to Team Counties delivering worldclass healthcare.

I look forward to talking to you soon.



Author: Geraint Martin

Geraint Martin was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Counties Manukau DHB in December 2006. It is one of the largest District Health Boards in New Zealand and services a population of half a million. He has significant experience over 30 years in national policy & in managing both primary and secondary care . Previously, he was Director of Health and Social Care Strategy at the Welsh Government .He authored a radical 10 year strategy of reform, including the successful “Saving 1000 lives” Campaign.Until 2004, he was CEO at Kettering General Hospital & had held senior positions in London & Birmingham.He has worked closely with clinicians in improving clinical standards,patient safety,chronic disease management & managing acute care to reduce hospital demand.In NZ, He has promoted clinical quality and leadership as central to improving patientcare. This has led to a significant increases in productivity and access, whilst maintaining financial balance. CMH has completed in 2014 a $500 m capital redevelopment programme, the largest in New Zealand. A central part of this is the establishment of Ko Awatea,the Centre for Innovation and Research which will underpin CMH as one of the the leading health systems in Australasia.In 2008, he chaired the Ministerial Review of Emergency Care in New Zealand, and in 2013 was an member of the Expert Advisory Panel on Health Sector Performance. Geraint has an MSc in Health Policy from Birmingham University .His post-graduate work has focused on health economics and Corporate Strategy . He is adjunct Professor of Healthcare Management at AUT and Victoria University, Wellington Elected in 2006 as a Companion of the Institute of Healthcare Management, previously he was an Associate Fellow at Birmingham University.He is is Chair of the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, a member of the Institute of Directors, on the Board of the NZ Institute of Health Management & previously the Board of The NZ Health Quality and Safety Commission.

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