Supporting Innovation

When Kevin Crosby developed sepsis following injuries sustained during a fire, he was rushed to the QEII Health Sciences Centre for treatment. When Crosby’s blood began clotting abnormally in response to the infection, his family was approached to become part of a clinical trial to test a drug designed to reverse the condition and protect against organ failure.

New discoveries come from a spirit of inquiry and support for focused exploration. In its first year, Nova Scotia Health Authority established a provincial structure and put supports in place to enhance research and innovation across the organization:

  • staff and physician researchers gained access to one provincial research ethics board and the Nova Scotia Health Authority Research Fund, which supports original research projects
  • 38 educational sessions were offered to a combined total of 812 attendees through the Research Education Program; 24 per cent of participants accessed sessions remotely
  • role of Health Outcomes Scientist was introduced to provide strategic and operational leadership in the development, management and evaluation of health outcomes projects across the organization
  • monthly innovation rounds were launched to bring employees, physicians and learners together to learn, support, encourage and discuss innovative ideas and solutions for health and the health care system
  • Innovation in Health Care Forum provided a vehicle for presenters from Nova Scotia Health Authority, IWK and Dalhousie, Acadia and NSCAD universities, as well as a former patient of the Nova Scotia Rehabilitation Centre, to share examples of innovation in health

Sharing learning, celebrating

The power of sharing experiences and best practices and growing networks throughout the province was evident in November 2015 when Nova Scotia Health Authority, the IWK Health Centre and the Department of Health and Wellness collaborated on a Quality Summit.

The successful event included 34 presentations and more than 100 posters on quality and safety initiatives from teams across Nova Scotia.

Developing and strengthening person-centred practice

Staff from across Nova Scotia Health Authority, the IWK Health Centre and the Dalhousie School of Nursing attended a Practice Development School in winter 2016. The session was led by Dr. Brendan McCormick, Queen Margaret University, Scotland, and a team of practice facilitators. Participants were introduced to principles, concepts and approaches designed to strengthen person-centred practice.

Stories of learning and discovering together

“Everything was happening so fast, it was hard to know what to do. The research co-ordinator carefully explained that not only might the drug save Kevin’s life but being in the study would mean extra sets of eyes monitoring his care. My daughter and I quickly decided it was the right thing to do” – LORRAINE RAWLINS, FALMOUTH, NS

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  • Halifax, Nova Scotia, B3S 0H6
  • Telephone: 1-844-491-5890