Health workforce is a key component in the delivery of safe patient care.
The South Island Workforce Development Hub (SIWDH) (formerly South Island Regional Training Hub, SIRTH) is an innovative health network , co-ordinating training and education for health professionals, and developing the health workforce across the South Island.
SIWDH is working to strengthen education and training networks, both within the South Island and nationally. It focuses on enhancing innovative and multi-disciplinary approaches to healthcare delivery to ensure our health workforce can work in the new and emerging models of patient care. You can read about some our work group outcomes here.
By working collaboratively across the South Island, SIWDH is able to ensure healthcare providers and the health workforce are engaged with training and development opportunities, irrespective of geographic location or profession. The networks developed by SIWDH will enable sharing of innovations and emerging ideas underway throughout the region, so that we have a strong health workforce and higher quality care for patients.
SIWDH is one of four national training hubs established through a Health Workforce NZ initiative. It’s governance structure sits under the umbrella of the South Island Alliance with its Steering Group comprising representatives from all of the South Island DHBs.
This workstream is very broad, but progress is being made in a number of areas. The group is working on further developing the Allied Health Assistant role; exploring further development of advanced practice roles; and taking a lead role in developing master classes.
The work groups are focusing on expanding PGY2/3 experience into the community and general practice; recruiting into rural and general practice; developing regional co-ordination for vocational training (Anatomical Pathology); standardising PGY1 orientation/learning packages across the South Island.
In the South Island we know that 67.5% of the nursing workforce is aged 45 or above – this equates to 8151 nurses. The Sustainable Nursing Workforce project is now underway. Our aim is to develop strategies that both grow and retain our current nursing workforce that result in ensuring ongoing commitment by nurses in nursing.
To view the South Island Executive Directors of Nursing Position Statement on Sustaining the South Island Nursing Workforce, click here.
South Island DHB Midwifery leaders and educators are now meeting regularly and have agreed to share educational resources, are rolling out PROMPT (Practical Obstetric Multi Professional Training) in small centres, standardising leadership and quality tools, and developing South Island wide protocols.
Community of Practice
The Mental Health and Addictions Regional Workforce Planning Leads (RWPL) are able to support local and regional workforce development and planning with one of the first activities being the National Mental Health and Addictions Workforce Stocktake.
To read more about this work click here.