Dr Peter Bramley takes over as chief executive of Nelson Marlborough Health
The new chief executive of Nelson Marlborough Health Dr Peter Bramley says he is focused on ensuring people can access healthcare close to home and growing a compassionate workforce in the health sector.
Bramley was appointed as the chief executive at the end of March. He stepped into the interim role in August after then chief executive Chris Fleming was seconded to Southern District Health Board to address its financial woes.
He said the last eight months had been a good opportunity to get a taste of the role before taking it on permanently. Prior to that, he had spent seven years as the general manager of clinical services at the health board.
"The privilege of the role is being able to do the best I can for the health of this community of which I am very invested in, my family is here, my grandkids are here so I want to make sure we are delivering the best healthcare we can for the next generation."
Bramley acknowledged the role would not be without it's challenges.
With the redevelopment of Nelson Hospital, he said it was important that the right facility was designed to cater for the growing demand on health services.
"I think one of our challenges is not just about building a new hospital but making sure we get the right models of care that keep people closer to home and keep more services being delivered out there in our community."
He said hospitals were expensive places to run and with limited resources it was important to consider how to meet the health needs of the entire population.
"We almost put too much emphasis on our hospitals when actually day to day, most of the care we get is delivered out there at the coalface in the community."
Another focus was developing a skilled and compassionate workforce.
"It is all very well to be fantastically skilled but actually to deliver great care, we need to engage with people and connect with people and care for people."
Board chair Jenny Black said she was delighted Bramley had been permanently appointed to the role.
He was selected from a strong group of applicants, and Black said the board subcommittee were unanimous in their support of Bramley as the leader Nelson Marlborough Health needed to guide the organisation through future challenges.
"Peter has a strong understanding of health – in its broadest sense and not just our hospital world. He understands the needs of our population and the complexities of the system which includes our community providers, GPs, allied health services like district nurses, occupational therapist, physiotherapists, social workers and our large volunteer force.
"He has an engaging personality with enthusiasm and strong leadership skills – someone who will listen, analyse and work with the health community to make sure that we can bring about change as a cohesive committed team Health working together," Black said.
She said the board were looking forward to working with Bramley and his team and providing great healthcare for the people of Nelson Marlborough.