Nationally, the Health Quality and Safety Commission (HQSC) has promoted and supported the building of quality improvement capability and capacity. In 2013 the Commission provided scholarships [view the scholarship announcement by HQSC] for one staff member from each DHB around the country to complete an internationally recognised 'Improvement Advisor' training programme, run at Ko Awatea in conjunction with the American Institute for Healthcare Improvement [view more about the 'Improvement Advisor' programme].
The training involved one of our quality improvement team members working on a specific project in an apprenticeship style model where the skills were developed as the project progressed. The trainees from around the country met three times in Auckland for week-long training and attended monthly online teaching and feedback sessions.
Andrew Jones was the Waitemata District Health Board recipient of the scholarship [view more about his project on Inpatient Diabetes Management].