Gina is an executive level nurse with extensive experience in dementia care and the residential aged care sector. She is currently General Manager – Quality and Risk, Bupa Care Services, leading the quality team with a wide range of responsibilities including clinical policy and professional development of qualified nurses.
Bupa is an international company providing a range of health services globally. In New Zealand, Bupa Care Services is a major New Zealand provider of aged residential care (3200 beds nationally, including rest home care, hospital care, dementia and psychogeriatric services, mental health residential care and rehabilitation), retirement villages as well as some community based services supporting independent living.
Gina’s role in quality and risk links her closely to incident rates and sentinel events in Bupa’s care homes. The number of falls and the harm resulting from the falls are an ongoing challenge as Bupa continues to strive towards ensuring high quality care and support for residents with the key aims of restraint-free care and minimal use of antipsychotics: “Falls pose a significant risk for the majority of our residents and there is an ongoing tension between encouraging them to maintain their mobility and independence whilst minimising risk of harm – I am keen to ensure we are in line with current best practice in this area”.
Gina provides several linkages: she is a member of the Nurse Executives of NZ and the northern region Health of Older People Clinical Network Group. She is also Deputy Chair of the National Dementia Cooperative.