Far West LHD celebrates 2016 Innovation and Staff Recognition Awards

Excellence and innovative work in the Far West Local Health District that has improved patient care and safety will be celebrated by the health service at an Awards ceremony on Friday (24 June).

The Far West Local Health District is celebrating its 2016 Innovation and Staff Recognition Awards with the Innovation Awards again attracting a higher number of nominations than last year.

“Our staff work hard to improve services for our consumers and the awards are a chance to celebrate these improvements”, said Ms Zandra Corey, Director Clinical Governance.

“All nominations into the awards this year are of a high quality and reflect the passionate dedication of our staff to the provision of excellent services,” she said.

The 2016 Far West LHD Innovation Awards ceremony will hear from eleven finalists who have implemented innovative projects that have demonstrated improvements to patient care and safety. The award criteria are based on the NSW Health Innovation awards, with LHD winners being considered for entry into the NSW Health awards later this year.

The FWLHD Innovation Awards finalists for 2016 are:

  • Changing Immunisation Practice in Remote Outreach Clinics – Dareton Primary Health Service.  Meeting the gold standard for handling, delivery and management of immunisation in Dareton Primary Health outreach clinics.
  • RAM’ing home the message: a local response to implementation of the Recognition and Management of Deteriorating Patients policy – Broken Hill Health Service.  Leading the way with systematic implementation and increased compliance in the management of deteriorating patients.
  • Healthy Smiles for School – Far West LHD Oral Health Department. Oral Health screening and early intervention for primary school children.
  • From cocoa bean to chocolate: transforming the Broken Hill M&M – Broken Hill Health Service. Transforming the Broken Hill Morbidity and Mortality (M&M) meetings into an evidence based multi-disciplinary structured clinical review process.
  • Mental Health First Aid for Teachers and Teens in Far West NSW – Far West Mental Health Drug and Alcohol Service. Strengthening the interface between mental health and education in prevention and early intervention with young people.
  • Broken Hill Midwifery Group Practice: Providing gold standard care in the Silver City – Broken Hill Health Service. Continuity of care for women in Broken Hill accessing midwifery services during pregnancy.
  • One in the Bed: Improving the patient journey with better flow – Broken Hill Health Service. Timely admission from ED and discharge from the wards for patients accessing the Broken Hill Health Service.
  • Healthy Mind, healthy Body: Establishment of a Physical Health Clinic for consumers of the Community Mental Health Drug and Alcohol Service in Broken Hill – Broken Hill Mental Health Drug and Alcohol Team. Providing health checks, education, support and referrals for consumers of Mental Health services to address their physical health needs.
  • PleDG-ED: Please don’t go it’s worth the wait ED project – Broken Hill Health Service. A project addressing ‘do not wait’ rates for people accessing the Broken Hill Health Service emergency department.
  • Un-breaking the Hill: Partnering with consumers to change the health of the community – Far West LHD Integrated Care Program. Working with health care consumers to develop a model of care to support a sustainable healthcare system for our community.
  • Upright Ivanhoe: Healthy and Safe within the community – Ivanhoe Health Service.  Encouraging people living in Ivanhoe to increase their awareness and education surrounding aging safely within the community.

Judging the Awards will be: Ms Zandra Corey, Director Clinical Governance, FWLHD and Professor David Lyle, Head of Department, Broken Hill University Department of Rural Health. The Agency for Clinical Innovation (ACI) will also judge a winner for the ACI Innovation Award.

The District will also be presenting Staff Recognition Awards on the day. These will include Staff Member of the year, Collaborative Team of the year, Collaborative Leader of the year, Recognition in Staff Rounding Award and Long Service Recognition Awards to a number of employees from across the District.

A number of employees from across the Far West LHD will be honoured for dedicated service to the organisation with Certificates of Acknowledgement and a gift presented to employees who have served either 10 years, 20 years, 30 years and 40 years.

The Innovation and Staff Recognition Awards ceremony will be held at the Broken Hill UDRH on Friday, 24 June starting at 12noon until 2.30pm.

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