Auckland DHB has joined Ko Awatea’s LEARN programme, bringing the whole of the northern region’s DHBs onto the same eLearning platform.
A total of 11 DHBs – more than half those in the country – are now part of LEARN, which offers a range of online courses for DHB staff to continue their learning and professional development.
Organisational development director at Auckland DHB Gil Sewell says the move will give the DHB access to better resources and technology as well as enable it to manage learning budgets more efficiently.
Ms Sewell says the opportunity to be part of a collective discussion among medical professionals is also an advantage.
“Being part of something bigger than your own organisation helps lift horizons and establish collaborative working across groups, teams and individuals, who might otherwise be paddling their own canoes,” she says.
“Harnessing the collective wisdom across New Zealand DHBs makes sense.”
Digital services manager at Ko Awatea Jason Ranston says the partnership with ADHB means Ko Awatea LEARN will reach some 7000 ADHB staff, providing them with ongoing skills in quality improvement, patient safety patient-centred care, communication, and leadership.
“This is a great partnership as it solidifies LEARN’s presence in the sector as the most popular and most used eLearning system available to DHBs,” Mr Ranston says, adding such partnerships drive cost saving and innovation.
ADHB’s Gil Sewell agrees, noting a growing culture of collaboration between DHBS.
“I have been impressed by everyone’s readiness to pick up the phone and share experiences, answer questions and discuss how we can work together to improve our efficiency and our effectiveness.”