The Canterbury District Health Board Quality Improvement and Innovation Awards programme has made a welcome return this year.
The Awards began in 2003 to recognise, reward, and showcase quality improvement and innovation projects initiated within CDHB and contracted providers but were not held last year after the February earthquake.
Jan Nicholson, Corporate Quality and Risk Manager, says it's great to have the awards back again and there are some amazing initiatives to showcase.
"Canterbury health professionals channelled their efforts into a different kind of innovation during 2011 but, if anything, our experiences will have encouraged more thinking outside the square. It will be exciting to showcase many current initiatives through the Awards and share knowledge and best practice throughout the wider Canterbury health system," Jan says.
"The Quality Improvement and Innovation Awards assist in creating a workplace culture that supports and encourages continual improvement and innovation. But of course the biggest winners in these awards always have to be the patient – as they are at the centre of everything we do to improve our services."
This year's awards are separated into three categories: Best Value for Public Health System Resources; Improved Quality, Safety and Experience of Care; Improved Health and Equity for Populations.
"There are a great variety of projects this year to showcase with a total of 18 entries submitted from across the Canterbury Health System from older person's to neonatal health services," Jan says.
"It's exciting to be able to highlight them once again after the disruption the quakes caused."
This year's awards ceremony will be held on November 21st at the Show Gate, Riccarton Park, from 2pm to 4pm.
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