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Innovative ideas to improve patient outcomes and healthcare in the Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District were recognised recently at the 2016 Quality Awards.

Forty-one projects from across the District were nominated covering diverse disciplines including surgery, dietetics, occupational therapy, intensive care, child and family health, medical imaging, community health, rehabilitation, palliative care and health communication.

NBMLHD Chief Executive Kay Hyman says the District’s annual Quality Awards recognise the outstanding achievements of the staff who care for our community.

“The awards have become an integral part of the District’s culture, showcasing the exceptional work of our staff,” says Ms Hyman.

“It is the tireless dedication to quality improvement by Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District staff that underpins our organisation’s reputation for quality and safe healthcare.”

In total 11 NBMLHD projects won awards.

An innovative program researched and developed at Nepean Hospital to better manage emergency surgery won the 2016 Chief Executive’s Research Award for Innovation.

The new approach was initially applied to patients presenting with acute cholecystitis (gall bladder inflammation) but can be applied to other emergency surgical conditions such as appendicitis, diverticulitis and bowel obstruction which represent a very large proportion of all emergency procedures in Australia and globally. The Acute Surgical Unit model has now been adopted in other hospitals across Australia, New Zealand and Asia.

Kay Hyman and Michael Cox 

Professor Michael Cox accepts the Chief Executive's Research Award for Innovation from Kay Hyman

The 2016 Chairman’s Award for Safety & Quality was won by a small team of NBMLHD Junior Medical Officers (JMO) who have developed a standardised, up-to-date online clinical resource for new JMOs.

The Nepean Wiki is easy to use and helps to streamline orientation for JMOs who must complete a clinical orientation prior to starting each term.

Using contributions from over 30 JMOs and senior clinicians, the Nepean Wiki ensures every JMO has access to clinical information, as well specific details about their roles and responsibilities.

Andrew Keegan and JMOs

Associate Professor Andrew Keegan presents the Chairman’s Award for Safety & Quality to the Junior Medical Officers

The outcomes of other innovative projects nominated for this year’s Quality Awards include:
• faster times for emergency head and neck CT referrals, scans and diagnoses
• enhanced clinical skills for child and family health teams
• deeper and more broad clinical training for new occupational therapy graduates
• streamlined and improved operating theatre procedures
• live music therapy helps improve the quality of life for palliative care patients and their families
• innovative communications and engagement campaigns improve the health of NBMLHD staff
• mental health services that are tailored to people who have children
• more effective nutritional assessments to detect fracture risks for malnourished people
• improved discharged procedures for rehabilitation patients
• reducing hepatitis C infections for people who inject drugs
• streamlined day surgery procedures to reduce cancellation rates


5 August 2016

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