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New Graduates driving local improvements in patient care

New Graduates driving local improvements in patient care

The Agency for Clinical Innovation (ACI) is continuing to build capability for system wide design and improvement, with 22 healthcare staff graduating from the ACI Centre for Healthcare Redesign (CHR) School at a ceremony in Sydney yesterday.

Graduates were awarded a diploma of project management by Professor Brian McCaughan, Chair of the ACI Board, and were given the opportunity to showcase the results of their projects to fellow CHR school graduates, their Local Health District sponsors and ACI redesign leaders.

The program provides an excellent professional development opportunity for clinical and non-clinical staff leading priority projects in patient care improvement or innovation. Many of the graduates, who work across Local Health Districts, Specialty Health Networks, Medicare Locals, and Cancer Institutes, worked in partnership on projects.

ACI Chief Executive Dr Nigel Lyons said these collaborations encourage integration of the health system and will help to improve the way health care is delivered.

"Increasing the capability of healthcare staff to lead local healthcare innovation, service redesign and improvement in their own workplaces, benefits patients across NSW." said Dr Lyons.

"Local health services should be commended for continuously investing in their people to learn new skills and methods of collaborative working that can drive change and improvements across every sector of healthcare" said Dr Lyons.

The CHR School offers three Diploma Programs a year for managers and clinicians working in the NSW health system. The 20 week course offers participants the latest knowledge and training in project management, clinical redesign and change management for healthcare professionals and managers using a variety of teaching methods including workplace coaching.

During the program, participants are supported with comprehensive training and workplace mentoring. They are also encouraged to lead a real project in their workplace and to talk with patients and staff to identify improvements. To date, the program has seen 350 improvement leaders graduate across a range of NSW metropolitan, rural and statewide health services.

The ACI works with clinicians, consumers and managers to design and promote better healthcare for NSW. For more information on the ACI Centre for Healthcare Redesign visit: www.aci.health.nsw.gov.au/centre-for-healthcare-redesignTo read more about projects taken forward by ACI Centre for Healthcare Redesign graduates visit:http://www.aci.health.nsw.gov.au/ie/projects

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