Te Pou congratulates Counties Manukau Health on winning the 2017 New Zealand Human Resource Award  for Learning and Development Capability in the Public Sector for their Safe Practice and Effective Communication (SPEC) training package.

This award recognises excellence in outstanding training and development initiatives that have contributed significantly and strategically to organisational capability outcomes in the public sector, central and local government and other Crown agencies.

SPEC is now a national training program and collaboration between all district health boards, under the leadership of the National Directors of Mental Health Nursing and inclusive of other key stakeholder groups. The focus of the training package is to ensure that least restrictive, best practice principles and techniques are consistently and effectively taught and integrated into acute inpatient mental health services. 

Counties Manukau Health’s review, development and ongoing refresh of this package led to it being viewed as the national way forward. “Winning this award has been very exciting and highly validating of the hard work this team has put in,” says Anne Brebner, clinical nurse director – mental health, Counties Manukau Health

Te Pou o te Whakaaro Nui is pleased to have supported the SPEC training programme, working alongside the national directors of mental health nursing group and DHBs since late 2012.

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