The Commission is keen to develop strong partnerships with regional District Health Board (DHB) groups to ensure that there is alignment between national, regional and local health and quality improvement programmes. These linkages provide a mechanism for the Commission and regional groups to work together, share skills and partner on specific activities as appropriate.
There are numerous ways this can be achieved, ranging from a formal Memorandum of Understanding with regional governance groups and/or regular attendance by Commission staff to regional DHB Governance or Steering group meetings.
These formal or informal partnerships in no way limit the independence of the Commission or the regional groups in carrying out their respective roles. The Commission is open to suggestions as to how these partnerships can be structured to maximise the benefit for both parties.
The first partnership we have formalised is with the Northern District Health Board Support Agency (NDSA) for the Northern Region Health Plan First, Do No Harm campaign where the parties have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding. The Commission has recently been invited to be represented on the First, Do No Harm Steering Group.
First, Do No Harm was identified as a priority for the northern region in 2011/12 as there is clear evidence that certain interventions, if systematically applied, will save lives and money and prevent harm to our patients.
The northern region district health boards have resourced the Northern District Health Board Support Agency (NDSA) to run First, Do No Harm as a campaign aligning with the national quality agenda.
First, Do No Harm expect to see improvements in key performance measures which demonstrate that our system is becoming safer.
These measures are:
“It is exciting to be involved in this regional approach to patient safety. I believe this process will provide the opportunity to have a stronger focus on improving the outcomes for patients in our communities. We will certainly achieve more by working together not only regionally but also by linking with national initiatives”.
Karen O’Keeffe, First, Do No Harm Clinical Lead
We are currently in discussion with other regional groups to identify how we can best partner with each other to connect our national, regional and local priorities.
NOTE: The role of the Northern DHB Support Agency (NDSA) is to provide support to the northern region district health boards (Auckland, Counties Manukau, Northland and Waitemata) in their role as health and disability service funders in functional areas specifically delegated to the NDSA. The agency is a limited liability company jointly owned by Auckland, Counties Manukau and Waitemata DHBs. Northland DHB utilises the services as a customer.