Over 100 people gathered at the Ko Awatea Centre on Wednesday, April 1st, to participate in Learning Session One of the CM Health campaign Manaaki Hauora – Supporting Wellness.
The campaign aims to provide self-management support across Counties Manukau – including the localities, primary health organisations, Middlemore Hospital and the community – for 50,000 people living with long term conditions by 1 December 2016. It builds on the improvement work of programmes such as Very High Intensity Users (VHIU), At Risk Individuals (ARI), and the 20,000 Days and Beyond 20,000 Days campaigns.
“At every encounter with our health care system, what can we do to support and enable someone to have the skills, confidence and resources to manage more effectively at home?” asks Janine Bycroft, General Practitioner.
The campaign comprises 22 project teams, each with a distinct aim related to self-management support. Examples include:
- To identify patients with poorly controlled diabetes and ensure each person has a shared management plan to achieve a clinically significant improvement in diabetes control
- To provide spirometry tests in the community to identify early COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), explain potential lung disease to participants and link them to self-management support and primary health care
- To reduce readmissions by 40% for patients with COPD discharged from Ward 7 by Dec 2016
- To (1) improve literacy about health risks associated with weight, (2) increase understanding of nutrition and health benefits of physical activity, and (3) start/increase physical activity.
The focus of the session was on deepening project teams’ understanding of improvement methodology. Senior Improvement Advisor Brandon Bennett introduced teams to the Model for Improvement, an improvement methodology that uses PDSA (plan, do, study, act) cycles to effect change.
“What I hope is that Learning Session One is the place where people can explore ideas, try out new ideas and simulate the use of some of these methods in a way that would be helpful to them and will now feel equipped to go back and put them in practice,” says Brandon.
Teams also learnt how to measure their success in achieving their project aims and develop a collaborative driver diagram. Driver diagrams identify an aim, the high-level factors you need to influence to achieve this aim, and specific changes you can use to influence these factors.
Participants agreed that the session will improve their ability to lead change at CM Health, with most coming away with several new ideas for creating improvement. The use of driver diagrams and PDSA cycles were identified as key learning.
The next step in the campaign is to plan for action periods, when teams will start testing change ideas to meet their project aims. The next learning session is scheduled for June 24th.
For more information, and to get involved, please contact:
Diana Dowdle, Delivery Manager on telephone: 021 221 4200 or 09 276 0044 ext. 9676 or email:email@example.com