SMOOTH and SMART project leader wins April 2017 Open for leadership award

21 Apr 2017 | Building Leadership & Capability

The latest recipient of the Health Quality & Safety Commission’s Open for leadership awards is Counties Manukau Health pharmacist Sanjoy Nand.

Mr Nand was nominated by the district health board for his leadership in progressing two innovative health quality improvement projects at Middlemore Hospital.

Associate Health Minister, Peter Dunne, presented the award to Mr Nand this afternoon and says his exemplary leadership in driving two projects which are now embedded as business as usual in the hospital make him a deserving recipient.

The project Safer Medicines Outcomes on Transfer Home project (SMOOTH) was a safety initiative developed and implemented to reduce medication errors on discharge by improving patients’ understanding of their medicines when leaving hospital. The Safer Medical Admissions Review Team project (SMART) is an innovative quality improvement initiative which sees pharmacists join on-call teams in emergency care working with acute patients, meaning patients are seen sooner by pharmacists, and receive more efficient care.

The Open for leadership awards are coordinated by the Health Quality & Safety Commission. They recognise and celebrate health professionals who demonstrate excellent practice, quality improvement and leadership skills. They are part of the Commission’s work to build capability and leadership in the health sector.

‘Sanjoy provided direction and support to the teams to develop and implement the innovative changes. He progressed the projects over an 18-month period and provided leadership in applying quality improvement methodology to deliver the results,’ Mr Dunne says.

Mr Nand says he feels extremely honoured and grateful for the recognition of his contribution to the work he has led at Counties Manukau Health.

‘I’m proud of the fact we are making a positive difference to patients by reducing medicine error and harm, and also for the development of leadership capability within the teams I led – knowing that quality improvement and safety is everyone’s business.
‘I see this award as a celebration of the teamwork and the efforts of everyone involved. I particularly want to acknowledge The 20,000 days and Beyond 20,000 days collaboratives led by Ko Awatea. This support was instrumental to my ability to test the initiatives and gain learnings to implement sustainable solutions.’

As an award recipient, Mr Nand received a certificate, a trophy and attendance at an upcoming Commission event of his choice.

For more information on the Open for leadership awards and to view other recipients click here.


Last updated 22/05/2017