patient safety champions 270
patient safety champions 270
This Waikato DHB award was established in 2015 to recognise any individual, group, unit or department where a patient safety initiative has been identified, implemented and demonstrated ongoing success and sustainability.

It acknowledges and appreciates the effort and commitment of staff and reinforces to staff that they can influence change and make a difference. Waikato DHB's Board of Clinical Governance will present the awards twice a year. 

How do the awards work?

  • Nominations can be submitted by GMs/AGMs, nurse/midwife managers, senior nurses/midwives and clinical directors and allied health professionals.
  • Improvements can be aligned to key quality improvement activities such as hand hygiene, falls, perioperative harm, medicines safety, pressure injury management, or to initiatives introduced, developed and sustained within individual wards or departments.
  • A nominated team or lead will be asked to identify
    • Why the improvement was needed
    • What changes were made
    • The impact of changes on improving patient safety
    • The measures being used to track and monitor sustainability of the improvements.

Those receiving an award will be asked to give a short presentatiion at the Board of Clinical Governance meeting covering those points. 


December 2015 award winners(external link):

  • Waikato Hospital Laboratory team - identifying better ways to input data
  • Older Persons and Rehabilitation team - "On Your Feet" programme to reduce falls

February 2015 award winners:

 Both units received their award for sustained excellence in hand hygiene.

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