24 November 2016
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) aimed at building respect
and improving patient safety in surgery has been signed between the
Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) and Nelson
Marlborough Health (NMH).
The MoU, a collaboration formed under the RACS 2015 Action Plan:
Building Respect, Improving Patient Safety, commits both
organisations to a shared vision to provide high quality training,
education and experience in the practice of surgery and is the
second to be signed in New Zealand, following an agreement struck
with the University of Otago last month.
RACS and NMH will work together to ensure that surgical supervisors
have the necessary skills and attributes and are supported to
provide training, assessment, feedback and support to Trainees and
International Medical Graduates free of discrimination, bullying
and sexual harassment.
RACS Vice-President Professor Spencer Beasley said the College
strongly supported NMH's efforts.
"RACS and NMH strongly support the rights of all healthcare
professionals to a safe training and work environment where they
can realise their full potential," he said.
"We know that if we can improve the culture of medicine, and
surgery in particular, we can expect better patient outcomes. This
is a powerful reason why we wish to work together with this
Acting NMH Chief Executive Officer Peter Bramley says that the
agreement will strengthen Nelson Marlborough Health's initiatives
to improve patient safety and its overall workplace culture.
"Under the agreement, we will further develop programs and
processes to address inappropriate staff behaviour across our
hospitals, as well as aligning existing policies and processes to
deal with these concerns," Mr Bramley said.
Specific initiatives include:
- Sharing relevant information and resources regarding the
education and training available with the respective
- Exploring models for less than full-time training for surgical
trainees and to promote these to allow greater flexibility and
fulfilment of family commitments
- Ensuring that surgeons and Trainees are able to undertake
required training and education in relation to DBSH
- Developing and agreeing on a joint protocol to establish
relevant complaints management criteria.
In May 2016, RACS launched Let's Operate with Respect - a
campaign to help deal effectively with DBSH in surgery.
Download full media release (PDF 158KB)
Further information can be found on a dedicated new section on the
RACS website called About Respect.
About Nelson Marlborough Health
Nelson Marlborough Health is a district health board and the main
provider and funder of health services across the top of New
Zealand's South Island.