Acknowledging International Acclaim

Following on from my last blog, which outlined the many achievements we have made in regards to patient safety, I’m delighted to share some further successes with you today. I was interviewed by the New Zealand Herald recently which asked what I considered to be CM Health’s biggest innovation in the last few years and the effects this innovation has had on our organization. One of the joys of working in an organization which fosters innovation and is constantly seeking to improve is that there were many options for me to consider. There was, however, one initiative which stood out for me because of the clear and distinct difference it has made, particularly in helping address the issue of rising demand on our services. I’m speaking, of course, of the hugely successful 20,000 Days Campaign.

It seems I’m not the only one who thinks highly of this campaign, which was recognized at the Health Round Table Awards, held in Brisbane earlier this month. I’m delighted that three of the campaign’s collaborative teams enjoyed success:

  • The Delirium Collaborative won an Innovation Award in Session 2c: Preventing Stranded Patients as part of the ‘Improving Complex Patient Journeys’ stream 
  • SMOOTH (safer medicines outcomes on transfer home) won an Innovation Award in Session 3d: Improving The Surgical Patient Journey as part of the ‘Reducing Variation in Care’ stream
  • VHIU (Very High Intensity Users) won the Overall Innovation Award for the ‘Empowering Our Patients’ stream

The awards saw 160 health professionals from New Zealand and Australia come together to present their improvement work, and I’m delighted that initiatives from CM Health not only featured, but were applauded, on this stage. It reaffirmed for me that our improvement work really is leading the way internationally. Congratulations to everyone involved in these collaboratives and in the wider campaign on your well-deserved success. It is fitting recognition for your hard work and tireless commitment to improving the care we deliver to our patients.



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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