The main aim of the Safe Surgery NZ Programme is to reduce significant harm caused by adverse events and other preventable errors that take place during the perioperative period. The programme’s focus has largely been on supporting implementation and measuring uptake of the World Health Organization (WHO) Surgical Safety Checklist (the checklist). This has been measured through the programme's Quality and Safety Markers (QSM), a set of process and outcome measures reported publicly and to the Ministry of Health.
During 2016, The University of Auckland delivered auditor training in four workshops to staff from each DHB across New Zealand. The training centred around auditing methodology, calibration against the auditing tool and understanding challenges and risks associated with auditing. Each DHB provided centralised training for up to six staff members.
The Commission's QSM will continue to be a quality indicator into 2017. The auditing period identified a degree of attrition of the original Commission trained auditors as well as the need to train auditors at a local level. Local auditor training at DHB programmes would be necessary to create a sustainable and reliable group of raters. The University of Auckland team has agreed to create a half-day training workshop to train auditors that can be delivered at DHBs.