Paediatric Gastroenterology Clinical Network
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Purpose of the Network
Established in May 2013, the purpose of this multidisciplinary national Clinical Network is to provide leadership in supporting clinicians working across all healthcare sectors in delivering high quality, cost effective and integrated gastroenterology services for children, young people and their families/whanau.
This will be achieved through a multi-disciplinary approach with the appointment of a national Clinical Reference Group (CRG). The CRG aims to provide advice on service and treatment issues to key stakeholders including the Paediatric Society of New Zealand (PSNZ) and the Ministry of Health (MoH).
In particular, the Network aspires to foster a culture of a nationally coordinated child and youth appropriate gastroenterology services such as:
- Development of an infrastructure that supports quality services, safety, equity of service provision and best value use of resources in the clinical arena
- Implementation of specific workstreams in key areas,
1. Inflammatory bowel disease
2. Neonatal and paediatric liver disease
3. Endoscopy services in children
4. Workforce sustainability planning
5. Nursing and parent educational resources
- Development of a system for the monitoring and auditing of services to inform continuous quality improvement
- Liaison with national and international bodies with relevance to childhood gastroenterology services
- Development of a model of care for gastrointestinal and hepatic illness in children
- Establishment of a plan to maximise opportunities to support a workforce education and development.
- Engagement with clinicians throughout New Zealand to ensure robust processes, guidelines and support structures are implemented as soon as resources allow.
The national Clinical Reference Group (CRG) includes the following members: Professor Andrew Day, Gastroenterologist/Hepatologist, Christchurch; David Barker, Paediatrician, Dunedin; Helen Evans, Stephen Mouat, Simon Chin, Jon Bishop and Amin Sheikh, Gastroenterologist/Hepatologists, Starship Child Health; John Atkinson, Paediatric Surgeon, Starship Child Health; Sally Jane Lewington and Stephanie Brown, Children's Outreach Nurses, Canterbury DHB; Karyn Sanson RN MHPrac, Facilitator/Operational Project Manager, NZCYCN with specialist and consumer advisors on workstreams.
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