‘Strong, consistent focus’ on quality at Canterbury DHB

16 Nov 2015

Canterbury District Health Board (DHB) showcased its commitment to improving health care services at their local quality improvement and innovation awards on 2 November 2015.

The supreme award winner was the specialist mental health service for its project ‘Integrated service delivery for a major mental health service: adult model of care’.

The project aimed to reduce unreasonable wait times, repeated patient assessments, and delays in the transfer of care. It was implemented over a four-year period and, despite the added pressure on mental health services following the Christchurch earthquakes, has been largely completed.

Health Quality & Safety Commission chief executive Dr Janice Wilson attended the awards and was delighted by the DHB’s energy and focus.

“I am always impressed by the strong, consistent focus on quality improvement and innovation at Canterbury DHB,” says Dr Wilson.

“This year was no exception – the projects and results were of a very high standard.”

Dr Wilson was particularly pleased to see the successes bought about by the DHB’s focus on quality improvement and innovation over the past three years.

“There have been some notable improvements for health services, patients and consumers. Their hard work should be commended.”

Fourteen projects were entered into the awards, across four categories:

  • improved quality, safety and experience of care
  • best value for public health system resources
  • improved health and equity for all populations
  • quality and innovation poster awards.

For the first time, the poster award category was included, giving the opportunity to recognise and celebrate a broad range of improvements at the DHB. Awards were also given in the consumer council and highly commended areas.

Full details of the awards, winners and project details are available on the Canterbury DHB website.

Download a copy of the supreme award winner entry: Integrated Service Delivery for a Major Mental Health service: Adult Model of Care.

Last updated 01/12/2015