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.