Ko Awatea Welcome to the last edition of Connect for the year. I want to thank you all for your hard work over what has been another big year for us and hope you will have the chance to enjoy some relaxation over the holiday season.
One of the big events of this year was seeing the vision for the Centre for Health Services Innovation – Ko Awatea become much more advanced. Ko Awatea means ‘new beginnings’ and that is exactly what it will mean for CMDHB. I want to tell you a little about this exciting project that will be the focus for the future of CMDHB’s goal towards being the leader of healthcare in Australasia by 2015. Its Director is Professor Jonathon Gray, an international leader in health systems improvement,
and New Zealand’s first Chair of Health Systems Innovation and Improvement. Jonathon started with CMDHB in November following a very distinguished record of healthcare improvement in Wales, which includes the much-lauded 1,000 Lives Plus programme which focussed on improving patient safety and reducing avoidable patient harm. The purpose of the Centre is to create the ‘strategic hub’ for the Counties health system. It will develop and implement the whole system improvements required, not just to deliver the Better Sooner More Convenient reform programme, but also to ensure that CMDHB meets its objective of becoming the leading health and healthcare system in Australasia by 2015. To deliver this ambition, Ko Awatea has developed four key partnerships, which when aggregated together in the Centre, provides a significant strategic capacity. This will enable us to move from just identifying the problem to developing and delivering solutions. Firstly, three major institutions – AUT, MIT and the University of Auckland have formed a partnership with CMDHB to co-ordinate tertiary training and make best use of university facilities such as the continued
CMDHB Welcomes Professor Jonathon Gray Professor Jonathon Gray is New Zealand’s first Chair of Health Systems Innovation and Improvement and has just joined our team. Jonathon, who will lead Ko Awatea, was the former director of healthcare improvement at Public Health Wales and co-director of the 1,000 Lives plus programme. His work was around creating a culture where improving patient safety and reducing harm was central to people working for NHS. The programme has already helped organisations make improvements in a number of key areas, including improving critical care and reducing surgical complications. “Everyone, wherever they live, deserves world-class healthcare,” says Jonathon. “I am particularly looking forward to sharing with colleagues in New Zealand the ground-breaking work that has been developed in Wales,” he says. “However, I have a lot more to learn and New Zealand brings some new opportunities for me to further my skills and experience as the director of its new national health initiative.” “I believe that small countries such as Wales and New Zealand can punch above their weight and my 15 years in Wales has shown me this is true. Wales has been able to work across sectors and deliver change at an astonishing pace,” he says. “I know that I need to listen and learn but I want to create enthusiasm and energy within healthcare staff to really want to deliver improvements.” Jonathon graduated in medicine from Dundee University before going on to complete a PhD in clinical and molecular genetics. A former clinical director of the All-Wales Medical Genetics Service, he completed a fellowship at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement and has a Masters of Public Health degree from Harvard. But it’s not going to be all work – Jonathon is looking forward to fulfilling a few personal ambitions, such as improving his surfing, sampling our fine wines and watching Wales take the Rugby World Cup. (Yeah Right!).