Orange doctor Gabriel Shannon has been recognised as the best in the state at leading a team to achieve success at a high level.
He took out the top award of Collaborative Leader of the Year at the NSW Health Awards yesterday.
Dr Shannon was recognised for his role in setting up the Structured Interdisciplinary Bedside Rounds (SIBR) model of care at Orange hospital last year, which is the envy of hospitals across the state, including some of Sydney’s major teaching hospitals.
The model ensures patients and their families meet every day with all those who treated them in the previous 24 hours, and aims to avoid situations where they are not regularly updated on their condition.
In his usual humble manner, yesterday Dr Shannon was not taking all the credit, spreading the accolades among his team at Orange hospital.
“There were about 1000 people here at the ceremony and it was great because afterwards people kept coming up to me. Its great recognition for Orange and the people who have worked on the model,” he said.
“It looks like Royal North Shore clinicians are all on board now at their hospital as well and will be implementing the model.”
Dr Shannon said he was also congratulated by members of the medical profession who had visited Orange earlier this year for a symposium to showcase the model of care to other health professionals.
However, he does not intend to hide his award away in his office.
“I would like to see it up there on the wall in B ward so everyone can see this was very much a team effort,” he said.
Dr Shannon says he and his team will not be resting on their laurels and are always looking to make improvements to the model of care.
“The model isn’t perfect and we are still working to tweak and improve our initial implementation,” he said.