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Work practices and workplace design contribute significantly to our ability to work both productively and free from harm. Under the Health and Safety at Work Act (2015) employers and employees share a duty for the wellbeing of the workforce.

Safe work practices

A safe workplace is more easily achieved when everyone involved in the work communicates with each other to identify hazards and risks, talks about any health and safety concerns and works together to find solutions. Health and Safety Forums enable business and worker representatives to meet regularly and work cooperatively to improve health and safety at work.

Shift work
Shift work is associated with fatigue, and fatigue contributes to hazards. A Sleep/Wake study conducted by Massey University is underway to build awareness and knowledge of fatigue cross the sector, and develop a Code of Practice for shift work and fatigue management in hospital-based nursing

MRTAC Best Rostering Practice Guidelines

Date added 03/04/2018
Author: MRT Action Committee, a DHB and Union partnership group

Best Rostering Practice Guidelines agreed as part of the 20 DHB & APEX Partnership Programme to support health and safety.

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Managing Fatigue & Best Rostering

Date added 28/03/2018
Author: National Laboratory Engagement Group

The National Labs Engagement Group have provided some plain wording on what safe work practices are required to manage fatigue for the safety of staff and patients. 

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Vision for the workplace of the future

Date added 29/03/2018
Author: NZ Council of Trade Unions

It is necessary for workers and their unions to be involved in developing the economic and social strategies that will directly affect us, our children and our grandchildren, not only because it is our democratic right, but also, because the experience of other successful, small countries has shown that our...

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Calderdale Framework

Date added 05/04/2018
Author: South Island Workforce Development Hub

The Calderdale Framework is a clinically-led workforce development tool to facilitate a ‘best for patient, best for system’ approach. It provides opportunities to standardise patient care and achieve service efficiencies. 

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Health & Safety Handbook

Date added 28/03/2018
Author: Auckland DHB

No work is completely free from risk. These risks can be minimised or eliminated if everyone takes reasonable care. It is our policy to emphasise to all employees, the need to take the initiative in anticipating, preventing and correcting conditions and practices that may cause physical harm to themselves or...

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Health & Safety Newsletter

Date added 28/03/2018
Author: Auckland DHB

Auckland DHB's health and safety newsletter provides information on training opportunities related to H&S as well as important news, and information about the work of the DHB Health & Safety Committee.

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Health & Safety Checklist

Date added 28/03/2018
Author: Auckland DHB

This six monthly checlist ensures every aspect of a safe workplace is met including hazards, inappropriate behaviour and security - all of which are very important in the hospital/health settings.

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Service design and workforce development

Many of our services are provided 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Historical rostering patterns may not reflect current work demand and we can adopt new ways of structuring and staffing our work days and nights (e.g. CCDM).
Our changing demographic has resulted in increasing numbers of people remaining in the workforce for longer periods. Our work practices can be flexible to enable shorter hours and support those who, for instance, may experience a long term condition or disability in order that their valuable experience is not lost to the sector.

Care Capacity Demand Managerment

Date added 29/03/2018
Author: Hosted by TAS

CCDM is a partnership programme with our unions that supports the DHBs to safely and consistently match the demand it places on its services (care required by patients) with the resources required to meet this (staff, knowledge, equipment, facility). 

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Beyond HR: Towards the high-involvement workplace

Date added 29/03/2018
Author: NZ Public Services Association

The PSA believes new ways of working will transform our members’ workplaces and improve services for New Zealanders. In this booklet we look at current UK and European practice, particularly around the dominant human resources management model – which has failed to fulfil its promise – and proposes some ideas for a new policy agenda for the future.

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Interprofessional working

How we work together as one team impacts on our ability to get the greatest return from our combined skill and effort. We know that when health professionals from different disciplines work together to deliver high quality care, the result is improved health outcomes.
Many skills are shared across disciplines and understanding other professions scope and role reduces professional silos. This is supported by initiatives, such as Inter-professional Education, which promotes flexible and coordinated care, and the development of a community of practice.
An example of identifying how we might more effectively utilise our workforce is the Calderdale Framework which provides a clear and systematic method of reviewing skill mix and roles within a service to ensure safe, effective and productive patient centred care.

ABC of Collaboration

Date added 28/03/2018
Author: Auckland DHB

This Tool will help you consider what is needed for an effective collaborative environment, including how to address those pitfalls that can inhibit collaborative work.

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Buddy Guide for new employees (Induction)

Date added 28/03/2018
Author: Auckland DHB

This guide helps you to play a vital role for a new colleague by partnering with them to ease their transition into the new organisation and provide them with a support network.

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Te Pou - Collaboration in the Mental Health & Addiction Sector

Date added 27/07/2018
Author: Te Pou

This infographic provides an outline of the "Collaborative capability in the mental health and addiction sector" report undertaken by Te Pou to explore greater collaborative capability in the MH&A workforces.

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