1 May 2019 | Aged Residential Care
The Commission is pleased to be working with ACC who have funded a quality improvement (QI) facilitator programme. The focus of this initiative is to identify ways to reduce staff injury in the participating aged residential care facilities while building capability in quality improvement science and grow workforce capability.
There are unacceptably high rates of worker injuries in the healthcare and social assistance sector, and the aged residential care (ARC) sub-sector is a high priority for ACC. While worker injuries as such are not within the immediate scope of the Commission’s work, we are encouraged to improve the capability of staff in ARC in the science of quality improvement. This will strengthen a quality improvement culture in facilities and build skills that are transferrable to other resident focused quality improvement initiatives. This initiative will also help to establish a quality improvement network for ARC to support sharing and learning.
On 19 March 2019 the first ARC quality improvement facilitator workshop was held at Ko Awatea, Counties Manukau District Health Board.
Staff members from fourteen ARC facilities have been selected for the programme. They come from a wide range of ARC providers from across New Zealand. Participants include registered nurses, carers, quality coordinators, human resource staff and clinical nurse managers. All have quality as a key component of their roles. Most participants have selected quality improvement projects to focus on reducing staff injury related to assault or moving and handling of residents.
The Commission is working with ACC and Ko Awatea to help support the participants in their learning journey. We will profile the progress of projects and participants through the nine-month programme.