STAND STRONG: Darling Downs Hospital and Health Service Safety Champions encourage all staff to speak up for safety.
STAND STRONG: Darling Downs Hospital and Health Service Safety Champions encourage all staff to speak up for safety. Contributed

Downs health service selected for global partnership

THE Darling Downs Hospital and Health Service has become the first regional service and just eighth the world over to partner with the Cognitive Institute in their Safety and Reliability Improvement Program.

The selection was made following the launch of a new vision and values for the organisation last year.

DDHHS chief executive Dr Peter Gillies said the program would reinforce the health service's culture of putting patient safety first.

"It is quite an accomplishment to be asked to partner with the Cognitive Institute and it says a lot about the commitment we have to our vision of "Caring for our Communities: Healthier Together,” he said.

"The Speaking Up for Safety program makes safety everyone's business, not just our clinicians, but everyone in the health service from admin, staff and cooks, to cleaners and the executive.”

The Cognitive Institute is an international provider of healthcare education and will support the health service to deliver more reliable and safer clinical care.

Mr Gillies said the training would provide staff with a common language to speak up respectfully to ensure the importance of check-ups would be supported and encouraged across the organisation.

"Each year we deliver clinical services to nearly 280,000 people across 90,000 square kilometres,” he said.

"We service a large area and we are a large workforce.

"It is important that we empower the people in our health service to give not only the best care, but the safest care to our communities.”

The Darling Downs Hospital and Health Service aims to train its more than 5,000 staff over the next 12 months to Speak Up for Safety.



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