Speech Pathologist Danielle Kennedy (pictured below) from Far West LHD has graduated the Clinical Excellence Commission’s (CEC) Executive Clinical Leadership Program on Thursday, 9 March 2018.
Danielle’s project for the program was titled EFFIE: Engaging Families For Intervention Early. Each of the graduates presented a clinical improvement project as part of their final work.
Danielle explained her project: “My project was focusing improving access to Speech Pathology services to provide early intervention for children with speech and language delays. If speech and language disorders are not treated they can lead to poor educational outcomes, reduced employment prospects and ongoing mental health issues.
“Communication issues are often invisible, poorly understood within the community and rarely addressed in public policy. Early intervention of communications delays has huge economic and social benefits. The project has been around working with local preschools to identify children with speech and language delays and commence early intervention for the children that require this.”
CEC Director Governance & Assurance, Dr Paul Curtis, said the executive Clinical Leadership Program graduates are among the clinical leaders who will guide the health system over the next decade.
Participants come to the foundation and executive levels of the program with the support of their local executive and a desire to achieve improvements in how they, and their colleagues, care for patients. So far, more than 3000 NSW participants have enrolled in the programs.
As part of the course, each graduate identifies an area where they feel improvements could be achieved and presents a clinical improvement project as part of their final work.
Through the program, participants gain enhanced:
- understanding of the workings of NSW Health
- knowledge of contemporary approaches to patient safety and clinical quality systems
- skills in relation to communication, conflict resolution and team leadership
- ability to influence the direction of health policy, and
- personal and professional clinical leadership skills.
The Clinical Leadership Programs are part of the Clinical Excellence Commission’s Quality Improvement Academy, which has been established to design and deliver a range of education programs for staff working in patient safety, improvement and clinical governance.