centralAlliance Allied Health efforts in good heart says director

The benefits that people will gain from changes that Whanganui DHB and MidCentral DHB Allied Health staff are making to their health services, cannot be underestimated says Regional Director Allied Health Kim Fry.
“By adopting the same standards, processes, professional development and training modules, centralAlliance Allied Health staff are creating a much more flexible and useful Allied Health workforce which their patients will benefit from,” Ms Fry says.
”The work we’re doing to have the same clinical supervisors course taught at UCOL’s Whanganui and Palmerston North campuses is a good example. Clinical supervisors who receive the same training will immediately have the capability and flexibility to work anywhere across the Whanganui/Manawatu region and to do so at very short notice.
“And I’m confident that having the same training programmes in place will also help us raise safety standards and improve communications between us as individuals and as groups.
“We’re actively encouraging our Allied Health staff across the two DHBs to meet and talk. This is something that WDHB and MDHB sterile services technicians have been doing successfully for some years. The regular professional development meetings they hold are just the sort of activity we’re keen to see more of.”
Ms Fry says another success story for Allied Health is the centrallAlliance Rapid Response Teams and the wraparound service they provide to people wanting to be cared for in their homes rather than in hospital. Following the WDHB’s success in developing and pioneering the New Zealand Rapid Response Team service, MidCentral Health has introduced a similar concept for their district.
“This is a very good example of how taking the wider view really works. One DHB develops an idea, the other DHB looks at it and with their neighbour’s assistance, adopts it for their community.
“It’s very pleasing to see how committed centralAlliance clinical and Allied Health staff are to developing opportunities for us to work more closely together. I’m sure we will see many positive changes and developments coming out of this.”
Allied Health (the clinical services arm that works alongside medicine and nursing) covers a range of occupations including physiotherapy; social work; occupational, speech and language therapy; dietetics and health promotion.
Former social worker Kim Fry was appointed MidCentral Health Allied Health Director in 2007 before taking up the part-time role of regional director in April 2010. At present she works 14 hours a week in Palmerston North where she resides, and 14 hours in Whanganui.