Far West LHD celebrates 2017 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 (4 August).

In addition to the larger scale improvement projects nominated into the awards each year, the Far West LHD has this year encouraged staff who have undertaken small improvement projects to nominate into the awards.

“Our staff work hard to improve services for our consumers. We know that improvement activities are being done every day, but staff haven’t always felt like their projects were ‘big enough’ to be entered into the awards”, said Ms Zandra Corey, Director Clinical Governance.

“This year, we wanted to make sure we also provided an opportunity to celebrate the day to day improvements made across the health service,” she said.

The 2017 Far West LHD Innovation Awards ceremony will hear from five finalists who have implemented improvement projects that have had positive impacts on patient experience and safety.

The FWLHD Innovation Awards finalists for 2017 are:

Phoenix Projects (Larger projects)

  • ACOLADES – A Coordinated, Local Approach to Disordered Eating Services, Broken Hill Health Service. Developing and implementing a professional network group to support clinicians working with eating disorder sufferers.
  • Redesigning Mental Health Care, Broken Hill Health Service. Changing the way service is delivered to ensure better access to care for consumers.

Ninja Projects (Smaller projects)

  • Managing clinical handover when your hospital is over the border, Dareton Primary Health Service. Using a three pronged approach to better coordinate clinical handover.
  • Govies Retreat: Building Resilience for rural home tutors, Rural Adversity Mental Health Program. Supporting home tutors (governesses) with information needed to live successfully in the bush and manage their own mental wellbeing.
  • Patient Hourly Rounding, Clinical Governance Unit and Broken Hill Health Service. Structured patient rounding to improve patient experience and reduce inpatient falls and pressure injuries. 

Judging the Awards will be: Professor David Lyle, Head of Department, Broken Hill University Department of Rural Health; John Harris, FWLHD Board Member and chair of the FWLHD Health Care Quality Board Committee; and Diana Ferry, Executive Officer FWLHD. The Agency for Clinical Innovation (ACI) will also judge a winner for the ACI Innovation Award.

The District will also be presenting Staff Excellence Awards and Long Service Recognition Awards to a number of employees from across the District.

Staff Excellence Awards will be presented in four staff groups: Administration and Support Staff, Allied Health staff, Nursing staff and Medical staff. Staff could be nominated by their peers for early career excellence, customer/clinical service excellence, leadership excellence or team excellence for each of these staff groups. Consumers also nominated staff and teams for excellent service.

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

The Innovation and Staff Recognition Awards ceremony will be held at the Broken Hill UDRH on Friday, 4 August from 12noon until 2.30pm.

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