Better training for clinical leaders.
Subject: Health services administrators (Practice)
Health services administrators (Training)
Health care industry (Human resource management)
Pub Date: 08/01/2010
Publication: Name: Kai Tiaki: Nursing New Zealand Publisher: New Zealand Nurses' Organisation Audience: Trade Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Health; Health care industry Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2010 New Zealand Nurses' Organisation ISSN: 1173-2032
Issue: Date: August, 2010 Source Volume: 16 Source Issue: 7
Topic: Event Code: 200 Management dynamics; 280 Personnel administration Computer Subject: Health care industry; Company personnel management
Product: Product Code: 8048000 Medical Administrators NAICS Code: 621399 Offices of All Other Miscellaneous Health Practitioners
Geographic: Geographic Scope: New Zealand Geographic Code: 8NEWZ New Zealand
Accession Number: 236247979
Full Text: Developing high-quality clinical Leaders to improve the health system is the first aim of the new government agency Health Workforce NZ (HWNZ).

The agency held a forum, "Clinical Leadership for Better Health Outcomes", in Wellington recently, attended by more than 200 health sector decision-makers, including NZNO president Nano Tunnicliff, professional services manager Susanne Trim and Neonatal Nurses' College chair Debbie O'Donoghue.

HWNZ was set up to improve workforce planning--to provide a single, co-ordinated plan for better training, recruitment and retention of the health workforce. Board chair Gorman told the forum the shortage of clinical Leaders should be addressed by providing easy access to upskilling, developing a Leadership training framework and identifying future Leaders and giving them opportunities to develop.

The forum agreed on a national, inclusive and multi-disciplinary approach to the issue, with co-ordination and shared Learning across professional bodies, education providers and employers. A pathway from novice to expert was needed, investing in the many rather than the few.

Between now and the end of the year, HWNZ plans to: set up a national institute of health Leadership development; Look at funding other health Leadership programmes; look at funding Leadership roles for advanced trainees and offering a fellowship for advanced training; require providers receiving clinical training funding to have individual career plans in place for trainees from next year; start developing a national health Leadership mentoring scheme, matching individuals to a panel of experienced mentors; and set up a multi-disciplinary forum to test Leadership concepts and advise on the establishment of the new national institute.

Gorman told the forum that past reports on health service reform had been aspirational, but had not provided tactics to achieve the desired change. There were now over 500 agencies involved in health planning and delivery, making the system too bureaucratic; and there was a disconnect between education and workforce planning. Review and reform were required urgently.

He urged clinicians to Lead changes to improve the health service and close the growing health gaps between ethnicities and social classes.
Gale Copyright: Copyright 2010 Gale, Cengage Learning. All rights reserved.