MidCentral District Health Board’s Clinical Leadership Council has had a busy year with multiple projects and provision of clinical governance for the health services of its district.
The council, formed in 2012, meets bi-monthly “with the purpose of providing leadership, direction and influence to enhance clinical quality, effectiveness and sustainability of health services for the people/populations of the district”.
In the past year Chairman Dr Kenneth Clark says among a busy work programme the council has:
• Endorsed a palliative care quality framework that provides a district-wide, measurable and achievable framework aimed at enhancing access to palliative care and end of life care.
• Endorsed a work plan to roll out an electronic patient information system in 2016 that will be available to all health professionals across the district.
• Reviewed last year’s Quality Account and is supporting the development of this year’s account with a stronger focus on the quality improvement framework and patient outcomes.
• Supported MDHB and CentralPHO joining the New Zealand Business Excellence Foundation. This will see work against criteria for performance excellence and replaces the former EQUIP4 accreditation that MDHB undertook for many years.
• Supports and oversees the continued development and implementation of collaborative clinical pathways in MDHB and, in collaboration with Whanganui and Hawke’s Bay districts, across the region. In the past year 15 pathways have been developed and implemented and subsidised ECG machines have been provided within general practice.
• Provides ongoing clinical governance of the Maternity Clinical Information System (MCIS), and Neonatal Clinical Information System (NCIS) which went live last October.
In the next year the council’s focus will be on the Master Health Services Planning work involving the redevelopment of Palmerston North Hospital; regional and sub-regional projects; increased analysis of the activities of the clinical networks across the district; and on activities of MDHB’s contracted non-government organisations.
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