Wellington regional collaborative to reduce harm from falls

12 Mar 2014 | Reducing Harm from Falls

The Health Quality & Safety Commission is coordinating a 10-month collaborative to reduce harm from falls in age-related residential care (ARRC).

This voluntary collaborative is run in partnership with ACC, the Commission’s reducing harm from falls programme, and the three greater Wellington regional district health boards (DHBs). It has support from major ARRC providers, the New Zealand Aged Care Association and 50 percent of facilities in the greater Wellington region have chosen to take part.

While the aim of the collaborative is to reduce harm from falls, the wider purpose is to build capability for quality improvement in the ARRC sector. The collaborative teaches quality improvement skills using the IHI Model for Improvement. Participants are encouraged to initiate small tests of change within their own facilities, to see what best works in their individual setting.

Sarah Harris presents to ARRC group.

Sarah Harris, Quality Improvement Advisor engaging with participants at learning session 2, in February 2014.

ACC Programme manager Lee Henley and Hutt Valley DHB Improvement Advisor Trainee Sarah Harris are responsible for planning and delivering the project, and supporting participating facilities. They are also being supported by members of First, Do No Harm in the Northern region.

The collaborative is well underway, with two of three learning sessions completed. Participation and engagement from the ARRC sector has increased during the collaborative and 63 participants attended the most recent learning session in February.

Lesley Crook, a participant from Glenwood Masonic Hospital in Masterton says it has been very useful collaborating with other organisations that have the same goals. “It feels wonderful to have a collection of people focussed on achieving the same thing, and discussing and coming up with new initiatives to trial,” says Lesley.

“As a result of the collaborative we have set up an internal falls sub-committee, which has been really useful. It no longer feels like I am working alone to solve the problem.”

The final learning session will be held in June, where participants will share more about their quality improvement journey so far, and learn more about how to embed quality improvement into their organisation as a way of addressing any issues for improvement.


Last updated 12/03/2014