E-newsletter  #6 May 2013


"Improving patient safety is a priority for the Northern Region. We will achieve it by providing safer care together. To achieve this we need to work together and take advantage of all the resources and expertise available to us. Everyone involved in the provision of care needs to make a commitment to the patient safety campaigns now underway." Geraint Martin, CEO Counties Manukau Health, May 2013.

This theme was reflected at the launch, co-hosted in the Northern Region by First, Do No Harm, of the Health Quality & Safety Commission’s national patient safety campaign Open for better care. Read more

Safer care together evident at launch of national campaign

Sixteen district health boards (DHBs) were represented at the National Global Trigger Tool (GTT) Workshop on 19 April, hosted by the Health Quality & Safety Commission together with the Northern Region’s First, Do No Harm patient safety campaign. This workshop followed a successful First, Do No Harm-hosted GTT Workshop in May 2012. This year the event was given national status, attracting 53 delegates from around the country as well Australian presenter, Sharon Walsh, from Melbourne Health. Read more

Global Trigger Tool Workshop measures up

Learning Session 3 takes learning to next level

The value of taking part in the First, Do No Harm ‘Breakthrough Series Collaborative’ was reinforced at the Falls and Pressure Injuries Collaborative Learning Session 3 (LS3) held on 8 May. The Learning Session attracted around 70 clinical staff involved in improvement teams from residential aged care and district health boards. Other key clinicians from around the country joined the Northern Region teams to also share learning from their improvement journey. Read more

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Launch of Phase 2 Falls and Pressure Injuries Collaborative on Friday 28 June at Awhina Health Campus Conference Room, Waitakere Hospital, Lincoln Road, for those recently engaged in improvement activities, for new teams undertaking improvement or for those who would like to start. More information to follow soon.

The improvement journey continues with Phase 2 launch

Top ready-to-use patient safety strategies

District health boards (DHBs) around the Northern Region marked April Falls’ month with a wide range of activities aimed at promoting falls prevention and highlighting the resources available to assist this.  Read more

April Falls on the menu

Collaboration journey takes off in residential aged care

Residential aged care facilities around the Northern Region have been coming together to improve patient safety, thanks to a series of mini-learning sessions developed and facilitated by First, Do No Harm.

Three types of training are offered. Read more

The following links supplied by the Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality provide useful information for those looking to implement patient safety strategies:



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