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Dr Simon Allan appointed to chair MDHB Clinical Council

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Dr Simon Allan, a director of Palliative Care at Arohanui Hospice, has been appointed chair of the new MDHB Clinical Council.

​MidCentral District Health Board yesterday agreed to a recommendation from MDHB Chief Executive Kathryn Cook, and Central PHO Chief Executive Chiquita Hansen, to make the appointment. In recommending Dr Allan’s three-year appointment, they said he is independent of both organisations, and being a member of the board’s previous Clinical Leadership Council provided some continuity with the new council.

The MDHB board recently reviewed its governance structure to support the successful implementation of its new strategy and decided to set up two advisory councils - the Clinical Council, and a Consumer Council - to provide advice to both the governance and management of MDHB.

The clinical council will provide clinical knowledge or expert advice when requested or it sees fit, regarding: patient safety and clinical quality; impacts of a proposed system or service changes, including: related or interdependent services; health status of the population, and health inequalities; the strength and effectiveness of clinical engagement and clinical leadership, and the most effective use of resources and prioritising that use.

Dr Allan, who also works part-time as a palliative care specialist at Palmerston North Hospital, and prior to his hospice appointment, was clinical director of the Regional Cancer Treatment Service.

He is well known and respected throughout the sector, and internationally, particularly in the field of palliative care.

Dr Allan is president of the Australasian Chapter of Palliative Medicine, is an independent advisor in this field to the Health and Disability Commissioner, and to the Edinburgh Royal College of Physicians. He has worked as an advisor for the Ministry of Health.

In 2014 Dr Allan was a joint winner of the Health Professional of the Year in the MDHB Health Awards. He was nominated for his outstanding contribution to palliative care, locally, nationally and internationally.

He is regarded as a pioneer of regional integration initiatives, such as the palliative care partnership established locally between the hospice and general practice.

The next step will be in appointing other members of the clinical council, and in selecting a chair and members of the MDHB Consumer Council.

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