The Counties Manukau DHB was recently privileged to host Professor Lord Darzi from the UK.
An eminent surgeon, Lord Darzi has been in the unique position of being both a Government Minister and a practicing surgeon. He has advised the UK government on modernising the NHS, was advisor in surgery to the Department of Health. He chaired the London NHS Modernisation Review and developed a strategy – A Framework For Action – to meet Londoners’ health needs over the next five to ten years. He published the national guidelines for day care surgery and in his role as Chair of the National Centre for Innovations in Elective Care was involved in setting the future model of Diagnostic Treatment Centres.
A group of people from around our region and from Christchurch met him to discuss innovation in healthcare. His ideas sparked some real enthusiasm among us, especially as our discussions showed that we really are leading the way in Ko Awatea.
Some of Lord Darzi’s key points were that innovation doesn’t have to be the blockbusters, that innovation comes from simple things that make a big difference. He talked about the importance of alignment between universities and hospitals, which is encouraging when we see our own partnerships with our universities. He also discussed how we need to harness the enthusiasm and energy that our students bring to health, and to make sure we don’t lose it as they become immersed in the health system. He gave solid examples of the solutions UK healthcare have put in place because of their approach to innovation and quality improvement.