Photo: (l to r) Joe Ryan, Stephen Harvey, Gordon Griffin, Mike Moody, Richard Healing, Shibu Kurian, and Maureen Henry.
These are the hospital staff who move patients, wheelchairs, hospital beds and equipment – and sometimes move mountains to make the hospital work smoothly. Their helpfulness, friendliness and knowledge is an essential part of patient care. Like our catering and health care assistant staff, the attendants are increasingly recognised as a group worthy of recognition and professional development. And like those other groups, Waikato DHB is encouraging its hospital attendants to embark on the certification and national standards courses that are now available.
Today (2 December) seven Waikato Hospital orderlies/attendants had their graduation ceremony for achieving the Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (level 3), which is similar to what the health care assistants receive, but with an Orderly strand which focuses on such things as moving people, moving and storing equipment, move a person using equipment, transporting the deceased, falls, and supporting effective functioning of a healthcare facility.
This is the first time the qualification training has been used by the hospital attendants.
Manager Steve Coles says: “There has been a noticeable change in these attendants. They are more confident and this is reflecting positively on their work and I think for them as individuals too. I hope to see them move forward to become verifiers or even assessors next year.
“A massive thanks must go to Stephen Harvey who not only completed the course himself, but coordinated, lectured and assessed the other six graduates’ work.”
Three staff were involved as verifiers: Steve Coles, Phil McIlhagga, and Shane Powley.