Wellington physiotherapist wins health leadership award

30 Aug 2017 | Improving Leadership & Capability

Wellington physiotherapist Tom Bond’s drive to introduce a monitoring tool for long-stay intensive care unit (ICU) patients has won him a Health Quality & Safety Commission Open for leadership award.

Tom Bond Open AwardAssociate Health Minister Peter Dunne presented the award to Mr Bond this afternoon at Wellington Hospital. The Open for leadership awards are coordinated by the Health Quality & Safety Commission. They recognise and celebrate health professionals, in their first five years of practice, 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.

Commission chief executive Dr Janice Wilson says before the tool was introduced at the hospital, there was no consistent measurement tool or method of passing on information specific to the rehabilitation progress of patients.

‘After identifying a gap in the monitoring of long-stay ICU patients, Tom researched existing measurement tools and consulted with other staff. The Chelsea Critical Care Physical Assessment Tool (CPAx) was chosen for trialling. As a result of this project, it has been implemented by Capital & Coast DHB.

Tom Bond

Tom Bond next to his tool, adapted from the Chelsea Critical Care Physical Assessment Tool.

‘The tool enables staff to assess and evaluate the progress of a patient’s physical function and ability to engage in activity, which helps measure their recovery from a critical illness. This makes it easier to predict how much and what sort of future rehabilitation support they may need.

‘Tom’s leadership in identifying a need and driving change – which has now been integrated into ICU systems at the CCDHB – make him a deserving recipient of this award.

‘Tom’s initiative has directly resulted in improved care for long-stay ICU patients, which is something to celebrate,’ says Dr Wilson.

Mr Bond says he is honoured to be recognised for his work and acknowledges those who work alongside him.

‘This award is about our team and I’m grateful to the CCDHB, my ICU colleagues and my mentor, Daniel Seller, who encouraged and supported me through the process. We now have a quality process that benefits patients and health professionals.’

As an award recipient, Mr Bond 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 previous recipients click here.

Last updated 30/08/2017