WDHB Safety Culture Survey 2012 begins today

Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) staff members are being encouraged to take part in a comprehensive safety culture survey beginning from today, 7 May, through to 20 May.
The survey is being conducted to raise awareness and promote a positive safety culture across all levels of the organisation. It is intended that survey findings will help the WDHB plan targeted initiatives to improve and promote safety and culture at WDHB sites and make comparisons to the survey conducted in 2009.
Staff are being encouraged to find the survey online via the WDHB’s intranet and to answer every one of the questions in around 15 minutes. The survey allows staff the opportunity to give detailed answers that provide valuable insight to create better focused initiatives.
The survey has six sets of questions that relate to: teamwork, safety climate, job satisfaction, stress recognition, perceptions of leadership/management and working environment.
Administration and analysis of the survey is based on a collaborative model between the WDHB and a group of independent health and technology experts – Communio Limited, ValueMetrics Australia and Auckland University’s Department of Statistics.
In 2009 Whanganui, Waikato and Capital and Coast DHBs took part in a similar safety culture survey which resulted in the implementation of numerous improvements including an increase in multi-disciplinary meetings,the daily walk arounds by the Director of Nursing and Chief Medical Officer, improved staff rostering, reduction in medication errors and shorter lengths of stay.
Staff will be kept fully informed of progress during the survey, as well as results and any improvement initiatives that arise from survey findings.