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National falls prevention resource developed by Waikato DHB staff

Releasing Time To Care Falls Module launch at Waikato DHB May 2016

Photo: (l to right) Sugandha Arora, Kim Ostermeyer, Belinda Macfie, Sue Hayward, Jean-Michel Burgess and Susan McHugh with a copy of the new Productive Series / Releasing Time to Care Fall Prevention module.

A handful of dedicated Waikato DHB staff are behind a new falls module in the Productive Series / Releasing Time to Care programme which has just been released nationally by the Health Quality and Safety Commission (HQSC).

The launch of the module was celebrated at Waikato DHB today by a group of staff most closely involved in its development, with chief nursing and midwifery officer Sue Hayward, who sponsors the Waikato DHB Productive Series programme.

It becomes one of the continuous improvement modules for hospital inpatient areas to complete as part of their Productive Series / Releasing Time to Care programme.

The Productive Series was developed by the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) and later adapted for use throughout Australia and New Zealand. In New Zealand it is coordinated through the Health Quality and Safety Commission and implemented through many district health boards. The focus is on improving systems, processes and environments to help staff spend more time on patient care. That, in turn, improves safety, reduces wastage and improves staff and patient morale.

The falls module is based on a similar Australian version but “New Zealand-ised” so it fits into district health board processes here.

At the launch today Sue Hayward said the module links fall prevention into a process that is clear and concise and allows individual district health boards to use what works for them, while still sticking to the same basic principles.

“The module is simple, makes sense and is easy to operationalise,” she said.

She paid credit to the work done, often in their own time, by former Productive Series project manager Jenny McFarlane and Susan McHugh who leads the Waikato DHB fall prevention programme, as well as the support they received from Older Persons and Rehabilitation nurse manager Belinda Macfie. Charge nurse manager Jean-Michel Burgess and combined stroke ward receptionist Kim Ostermeyer helped with local scenarios for the module. Current Productive Series project manager Sugandha Arora will be coordinating the implementation of the module at Waikato DHB.

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