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South Island Alliance

Introducing This Page

The South Island Alliance Governance and Leadership Team are committed to govern, lead and guide our Alliance as it seeks to improve health outcomes for our populations.

 

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NEW: South Island Alliance Website
"Steering a course for a sustainable future"

Southern Cancer Network - Our local page with info about the SCN

www.southerncancernetwork.org.nz

Vision

Our vision is a clinically and fiscally sustainable South Island health system focused on keeping people well and providing equitable, and timely, access to safe, effective, high-quality services as close to people's homes as possible.

Closely aligned to the national approach, the regional direction is based on the following concepts:

  • More health care will be provided at home and in community and primary care settings;
  • Secondary and tertiary services will be provided across DHB boundaries;
  • Flexible models of care and new technologies will support service delivery in different environments from those traditionally recognised;
  • Health professionals will work differently to coordinate a smooth transition for patients between services and providers; and
  • Clinical networks and multidisciplinary alliances will support the delivery of quality health services across the health continuum.

Our ability to achieve through this approach has been clearly demonstrated by the outcomes achieved to date. Our Service Level Alliances and regional work activities continue to grow and build on the work undertaken to-date to achieve the vision for the South Island.

 

South Island DHB Alliance Framework

A Lead CEO provides direction and support as required for each of the Service Level Alliances. Clinicians from primary care and the DHBs are involved in all of our Service Level Alliances together with managers, non-governmental organisation representatives and consumers. Our Service Level Alliances and regional activities are lead by clinicians, with the exception being the Support Services Service Level Alliance, which has a manager as Chair. The Service Level Alliance and workstream groups include a number of clinicians. Service Level Alliance members come from each of the DHBs, are multi-disciplinary and provide a breadth of expertise and ownership for the development of initiatives.

It is important to recognise that the Alliance Framework is but one approach. Other regional activity operates within the regional collaboration approach, e.g. neurosurgery, stroke, electives and Maori Health.

The South Island DHB Alliance Framework is illustrated in the figure below.

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The South Island DHB Alliance Framework supports South Island DHB collaboration through:

  • An Alliance Board (the five South Island DHB Chairs) that sets the strategic focus, oversees and governs, and monitors overall performance of the Alliance.
  • An Alliance Leadership Team (the South Island DHB CEOs) supported by the South Island General Managers Planning & Funding Network that prioritises activity, allocates resources (including funding and support) and monitors deliverables.
  • A Strategic Planning & Integration Team that supports an integrated approach, linking the Service Level Alliances and workstreams to the South Island vision, and identifying gaps and recognising national, regional and district priorities. The Team provides a strategic and integrated view that is broader than the current priority areas, and incorporates the South Island Regional Health Services Plan development.
  • The Team is comprised of a Chief Medical Officer, Director of Nursing, General Manager Maori Health, Director of Allied Health, Public Health Physician, primary and community clinicians, General Manager Planning and Funding, and the General Manager of the South Island Alliance Programme Office.
  • Service Level Alliances. CEOs and Boards recognise the need for focussed effort to gain momentum in achieving collaborative outcomes. The Alliance approach will be applied to four priority clinical service areas and two enabling workstreams as the first tranche of a phased approach. The South Island Alliance Programme Office supports the Service Level Alliances.
  • Collaborative activity also takes place through a number of other workstreams, which include both clinical and non-clinical activity.
 
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Activity

The South Island DHBs are involved in collaborative activity across a large number of regional and sub-regional service areas. The Alliance Leadership Team and South Island Alliance Board recognise the need for focused effort to gain momentum in achieving collaborative outcomes. The alliance approach will therefore continue to be applied to four priority clinical service areas and two enabling services as the first tranche of a phased approach.

The service level alliances:

  1. Cancer
  2. Child Health
  3. Health of Older People
  4. Mental Health
  5. Support Services
  6. Information Services

In addition to these services, the workstreams established for cardiac, elective and stroke services will gain momentum during 2012-13 to deliver the identified national outcomes. Regional planning also continues to deliver regional outcomes for neurosurgery and ophthalmology services. The Regional Training Hub, Asset Planning, Human Resources, Maori Health and Communication activities feed into the Service Level Alliances and the overarching plan to support the vision of a sustainable South Island health system focused on keeping people well and providing equitable, and timely, access to safe, effective, high-quality services as close to people's homes as possible.

Each priority area, whether supported by a regional Service Level Alliance, workstream or group, is clinically-led, or, as for the Support Services Service Level Alliance, has clinicians involved in the teams and in all key decision making approaches. Members of the Service Level Alliances and other working groups come from each of the DHBs and provide breadth of expertise and ownership for development initiatives. A regional communication strategy and the South Island Alliance Programme Office support the activities across the South Island.

 

Why plan regionally?

Health systems worldwide, including the New Zealand health system, face a number of significant challenges that will continue to intensify in the future. The challenges in the South Island are similar to that of the wider New Zealand health system, these being:

  • Changing demographics and growing demand;
  • Increasing inequalities;
  • Clinical sustainability;
  • Fiscal sustainability; and
  • Patient expectations.

These pressures make it increasingly difficult to deliver high quality, responsive health services. They are clearly articulated in recent national strategic documents, along with the recognition that a 'whole-of-system' approach is required to sustainably meet the future needs of our population.

The South Island DHBs accept that as individual entities we cannot make a large enough impact on our health system to ensure the future sustainability of services in the South Island. Implementing diverse but similar individual responses to our collective challenges duplicates effort and investment, and leads to further service access inequalities and inconsistencies between DHBs.

With limited health resources, our region continues to be more focused on how we respond to increasing pressures and challenge traditional approaches, and boundaries, to get the best outcome for our health spend and investment.