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The Productive Operating Theatre - Hutt Valley DHB


originally posted by WM Admin on 18 October 2010 and updated 21 February 2014

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Hutt Valley DHB was familiar with the Productive Theatre philosophy, two wards having implemented the Productive Ward, a member of our Quality Unit having attended facilitator training in the UK two years ago and having benefitted from a number of visits from members of the Institute for Health Improvement, notably Lyn Maher and Mark Jennings.

Front line clinical staff and management were keen to be involved in the programme because they appreciated the benefits it could provide. The timing is also ideal as the new theatre suite will come on line in October 2011 and the theatre team were already reviewing and improving processes in readiness for the new facilities.

The DHB applied and were successful in becoming one of the first round of DHBs included in the programme. We are also fortunate in having two of our theatre team on the national expert panel.

A multidisciplinary team including front line theatre nurses and nursing management, an orthopaedic surgeon, anaesthetists and the service manager attended the training session with the IHI team.

We have had a positive response at this early stage from within perioperative services and other stakeholders. We plan to maximise the synergies from the parallel implementation of TPOT and the Productive Ward in our busiest surgical ward.

The whole team is now looking forward to getting down to the real business of improving our patient’s and our experience.

What Worked Well

September Highlights

Visioning Workshop. Over 75 staff attended the workshop from all theatre disciplines and other departments. It was opened by both the CEO and COO which demonstrates the high level of support in the Hutt Valley DHB. The workshop was videoed and will be available to all staff.

September 2010 report attached above. To view the final evaluation report for this programme, go to:
See also: Assessment of the implementation of the Productive Ward and Productive Operating Theatre programmes in New Zealand -

Start Date

Aug 10, 2010





Target Population


Areas of Focus

Quality Improvement, Theatre, Day Surgery

Contact Person

Kay Mcdonald