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Published Monday 16 Oct 2017

Janice Wilson, Chief Executive, Health Quality & Safety Commission, presents Angelene Williams of WrDHB with a special award, and a certificate recognising her work in improving patient safety.

Pictured from left: Chris Stewart, Janice Wilson, Angelene Williams, Michele Halford

The Open for leadership awards are part of the ongoing partnership work with health providers to build capability and leadership, and share best practice. Quality and safety capability and leadership are essential for providing seamless and safe care of consumers/patients. The awards recognise, celebrate and share the work of emerging health care leaders who have made a difference to patient care.

"Your nomination described what a committed and conscientious nurse you are and how well you work collaboratively and use your knowledge and skills to benefit your patients and colleagues," said Janice.

Ange was nominated for her work helping patients by developing a resource to help with the chronic condition of "leaky legs".

Angeline is in her fifth year or nursing and has been working within the Community Health team for about two years. She is a committed nurse, she is well on her way to completing her masters and is currently finishing a university paper.

"Ange has established herself as a leader of quality," Chris Parker, Executive Leader Quality, Risk and Innovation explains. "She noticed a gap in the information available to patients with the chronic condition, and developed a resource. The pamphlet outlines in simple laymen's terms the cause of leaky legs and what the patient can do to help address and relieve this problem."

"Ange has a keen interest in chronic conditions and is about to start working with our diabetes and cardiac clinical nurse specialists so she can work collaboratively and use the knowledge and skills she gains from them to benefit her patients and colleagues," Chris said.

Chief Executive, Adri Isbister, was grateful for the really good leadership Ange has displayed. "I am really proud of our teams - their attitudes, leadership, caring, kindness and capability. Our Wairarapa DHB strategy is that ALL our staff can be leaders, and one of us is not as strong as all of us," Adri said. "Thank you, Ange, for your wonderful example of initiative, drive and action."

Ange thanked her managers, past and present, and her colleagues. "It is wonderful to be recognised for this piece of work," she said. "Thankyou. What people don't often realise is that it happens in our spare time, in weekends and out of hours, alongside studies. It can be onerous, but it is worth it if it makes a difference."