Rest home nursing trial gets top award
An innovative scheme to improve the lives of older people in the Horowhenua region has reigned supreme at this year's MidCentral District Health Board Health Awards.
The black tie event, held at the Awapuni Racecourse in Palmerston North last night, recognised individuals and teams in the region for their commitment to healthcare.
A ground-breaking trial, involving a nurse practitioner in three Horowhenua rest homes, was awarded the Supreme Award for Excellence in Innovation and Integration in Healthcare, worth $3000.
MidCentral worked alongside a number of agencies to fund the role, with the aim of looking for a new model of care in rest homes.
The health board is predicting a decrease in the number of GPs in the area and the trial found expert nurses were able to fill the gap.
The trial is likely to be replicated in other areas.
Other finalists for the Supreme Award were UCOL's U-Kinetics, the MidCentral immunisation team, Total Healthcare (PN), Tararua Hauora, Massey University's combined health conditions and cancer psychology services, the Central PHO collaborative clinical pathways programme, and the paediatric gastroenteritis assessment and management service from Commodity Pharmacies - MidCentral Community Pharmacy Group.
UCOL's U-Kinetics took out the People's Choice Award, worth $2000, for its innovative approach to providing a specialised exercise service to clients with medical conditions.
The Judge's Choice Award, worth $2000, was given to the Children's Eczema Service for the dedicated work the Child Health Community Team has undertaken to deliver excellent results through the service.
Visit midcentraldhb.govt.nz/News/ for a full list of winners.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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