Carol Mathewson has a problem. Lots of them, in fact. As the new CEO of Kinsley Valley Health Service, she's taken the helm of an organization that ranks last in the state for both consumer and staff satisfaction. She loves a challenge-but having just six months to get those results out of the basement is more of a challenge than she bargained for. Her Executive Team is divided, many staff are resistant to change and there are players inside and outside of the organisation willing her to fail. In The Point of Care, Cathy Balding takes organisational improvement from the dry and technical topic…mehr
Carol Mathewson has a problem. Lots of them, in fact. As the new CEO of Kinsley Valley Health Service, she's taken the helm of an organization that ranks last in the state for both consumer and staff satisfaction. She loves a challenge-but having just six months to get those results out of the basement is more of a challenge than she bargained for. Her Executive Team is divided, many staff are resistant to change and there are players inside and outside of the organisation willing her to fail. In The Point of Care, Cathy Balding takes organisational improvement from the dry and technical topic it can be and embeds it in the story of a CEO trying to make a difference against the odds. It's fiction - but very much based in the real world. Creating consistently high-quality care for the consumers of health and human services is a constant challenge. This book is designed to help those charged with leading high quality care in their teams, services and organisations to deepen their own understanding of how it's done and how to bring their staff and colleagues along with them. The Point of Care integrates research and real-world experience from the fields of health and human services' quality improvement, clinical governance, change, leadership and management to present a simple yet comprehensive approach to evolving an organisation from ordinary to extraordinary. Balding weaves powerful tools, tips, and approaches for achieving consistently high-quality care throughout the tale, making it easy to absorb and apply the lessons in your own service.Anyone with an improvement, management, governance or leadership role in a health or human service organisation will relate to, enjoy, and learn from the Kinsley Valley Health Service's struggles and successes.
Cathy Balding PhD is the Director of Qualityworks, a business dedicated to making quality make sense; and Adjunct Professor, School of Psychology and Public Health, at La Trobe University. Cathy has worked in health service management, quality improvement and clinical governance for over three decades: in national and state roles, in rural and metropolitan health services, and across the community, acute and aged care sectors. Her career has spanned a number of Australian state and national quality and clinical governance initiatives, including as inaugural manager of both the Victorian Quality Council and the Australian Council on Healthcare Standards national clinical indicator program. She has worked in, with and around health service accreditation for many years, and published articles and provided education in quality and clinical governance nationally and internationally. Over the past decade Cathy has specialised in developing acute, community and aged care quality and clinical governance frameworks, using her strategic quality system to support aspirational, practical, whole of organisation approaches to creating great care and experiences with consumers at point of care. Cathy also supports quality professionals and leaders to evolve their roles to be more effective and enjoyable. Her previous books: The Strategic Quality Manager Handbook and Create a Great Quality System in Six Months Blueprint are designed to help quality managers and leaders lay strong social and organisational foundations for great care. Her website is designed to further support this goal and is where you'll find her tools and training videos, the monthly QualityNews bulletin and the No Harm Done podcast; all of which delve into what it takes to create consistently good care in the complex health and human services environment. Above all, Cathy is interested in the human side of quality. It doesn't matter how high-tech the data collection, how glossy the plan, how shiny the quality system or how complicated the spreadsheet, care is, in the end, provided by, with and for people. Helping them develop a high performance mindset and to love striving for great care is her endlessly challenging and rewarding priority. The rest is just the 'how'. She subscribes to John Cleese's observation that 'you don't have to be sombre to be serious', firmly believing that laughter is not only the best medicine, but a great way to learn and thrive. Find out more and access Cathy's podcast, bulletin, books and tools at: www.cathybalding.com
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