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MORSim rollout to start in November

Te Tāhū Hauora Health Quality & Safety Commission
21 July 2016

The Health Quality & Safety Commission is supporting MORSim (Multidisciplinary Operating Room Simulation) – a national training intervention programme for surgical teams. The goal of MORSim is to improve the safety and efficiency of care for patients. The programme is funded by ACC and delivered by the University of Auckland.

The University of Auckland team also delivered both the intervention and auditor training for the Commission's Safe Surgery NZ programme.

Roll-out of MORSim is in four cohorts, with five district health boards (DHBs) in each cohort. For cohort one, instructor training will start in November 2016, and local MORSim courses in February 2017. Training for cohorts two, three and four will follow at nine-month intervals.

Table: Proposed cohort plan

Cohort 1 Waitemata Capital & Coast Nelson Marlborough Whanganui Hauora Tairawhiti
Cohort 2 Auckland Waikato Hawke's Bay Taranaki Wairarapa
Cohort 3 Counties Manukau Bay of Plenty MidCentral Hutt Valley South Canterbury
Cohort 4 Canterbury Southern Northland Lakes West Coast

MORSim involves interactive sessions, including challenging simulated surgical cases, debriefings and communication skills training.

The scenarios include cases for the main five surgical specialties (general, ear nose and throat, plastics, urology and orthopaedics), and engage each member of the multidisciplinary surgical team.

Each DHB will be supported to implement MORSim. The university MORSim faculty will provide comprehensive instructor training. ACC funding provides simulators (where required) and surgical models.

The faculty will run three MORSim courses in each DHB and provide ongoing support during the transition to locally-led, ongoing MORSim training. The goal is for MORSim to become business as usual in each DHB, and for each surgeon, anaesthetist, anaesthetic technician and theatre nurse to regularly participate in the training.

If you have any questions please contact:

Associate Professor Jennifer Weller (MORSim director)
+64 9 923 9459 or +64 21 588 644

Kaylene Henderson (MORSim programme coordinator)
+64 27 204 0033

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