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Time for a change after building programme ends

Jan Adams

Jan Adams

Jan Adams said she indicated last year to her colleagues and to her group managers that she intended to step down from her position as chief operating officer for the DHB’s provider arm, Health Waikato, at the end of the campus redevelopment programme.

“It is fitting I do so on the day we bless the very last area to open, which is the redeveloped Waikids children’s surgical ward at level 4 in the Elizabeth Rothwell Building (Friday 3 October).

“I feel enormously privileged to have led the provider arm for eight years, and to oversee the service redevelopment programme whilst being responsible for the day to day management of the provider arm, its $705 million budget and 5400 staff.

“During that time we have increased throughput and activity to levels not previously achieved, introduced new ways of working across all service areas, met most of the health targets, focussed on improving patient care, quality and patient outcomes and introduced new services such as neurosurgery and the transapical (TAVI) valve programme.

“However, none of those are achieved in isolation and I sincerely thank all the staff of the provider arm who come to work every day to do the very best they can, and to give quality care to our patients and clients. They have made a demanding job worthwhile and I will miss them very much,” she said.

“The opportunity to work with colleagues in primary care and learn more about that area of health is a great opportunity for me and I am excited to have this opportunity.

“My studies at both Waikato and York universities have focussed on leading change and innovation, and implementing strategy which will be put into good use in this new role.

“Health is dynamic and ever changing and I look forward to continuing to make a difference to healthcare delivery in New Zealand.”

English-born Mrs Adams became a registered general nurse in 1977 and a registered midwife in 1980. At 27, she was one of the youngest assistant matrons in the United Kingdom in 1983. As director of nursing/matron for BUPA, the UK’s leading provider of health care insurance, hospitals and health care, she helped set up a new hospital in Warrington.

Mrs Adams, husband David and son Chris immigrated to New Zealand in 1988 moving to Wanganui where she became principal nurse manager at Southern Cross Hospital.

From June 1993 to April 1996, she was general manager: surgical and clinical services at Good Health Wanganui (now Whanganui DHB).

She took up the position of director of nursing at Waikato DHB in July 1996.

Throughout her time at Waikato DHB, Mrs Adams became involved in national health organisations/issues including:

  • She was a ministerial appointment to the Nursing Council of New Zealand from January 1998
  • In 1999, the Director General of Health appointed her as one of three members of the Inquiry into Neonatal Chest Physiotherapy Practices at National Women’s Hospital
  • In June 2002 she became a Justice of the Peace in order to provide JP services to Waikato DHB staff
  • She introduced the role of nurse practitioner to Waikato DHB, the first DHB to have nurse practitioners
  • That led to her ministerial appointment to the Nurse Practitioner Employment and Development Working Party in 2005
  • Chaired the chief operating officers national group for three years until 2013
  • In that role worked with the ACC, Ministry of Health and on the national ambulance and spinal strategies
  • Chief operating officers’ national representative on the cardiac surgery and cardiology data base and the Health Benefits Ltd facilities management and shared services process
  • Part of the industrial negotiations for the resident medical officers, the laboratory workers and the sonographers
  • Currently the chief operating officers’ representative on the Health Quality and Safety Commission working on such initiatives as the national falls programme and the national patient safety campaign.


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