Posted 15th Mar 2012

The Health Quality & Safety Commission has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement.

The Commission’s Chief Executive, Dr Janice Wilson, says the MOU is in place for two years from 1 February 2012.

“This is a very exciting partnership for us,” she says.  “It will help the Commission build expertise and capability in New Zealand’s health sector, and help us deliver quality improvements.

“We’ll be sharing knowledge and information about health care improvement initiatives in New Zealand.  We’ll also have access to the NHS Institute’s knowledge of improvement practices in other countries, which will be very valuable.”

There is also potential to jointly develop quality improvement services and events.

Dr Wilson says the two organisations will hold regular discussions on strategic and operational matters, and will keep each other informed of significant upcoming events.

One such event is the two-day Healthcare Leadership for Challenging Times workshop in Sydney in May, and another in New Zealand on 17/18 May with keynote speakers Jim Easton and Helen Bevan. 

Jim Easton is the UK National Health Service director for improvement and efficiency, and Helen Bevan is Chief of Service Transformation at the NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement. 

Dr Wilson says the New Zealand event, which will focus on quality improvements in the current financial environment, is a good opportunity for DHB Board members, CEOs, senior managers, chief medical officers and directors of nursing to hear from two world-leading quality and safety experts.

More details about the New Zealand event will be available on the Commission’s website soon – numbers are limited.

 

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