A Primer on the “Collaboration Councils” in our new Collective Bargaining Agreement
By a major collective effort through our Union, we have been able to establish a new and lasting opportunity to achieve groundbreaking improvement for our patients and our profession: The establishment of our Collaboration Councils across HHC.
How did we get here?
At the urging of our members, our Union successfully negotiated into our new collective bargaining agreement a unique and unprecedented opportunity for frontline clinicians to become active partners in the improvement of health care for our patients and our community. Now the process begins to make these Councils come alive and succeed.
If the HHC system is going to survive and thrive, it will need our direct involvement and a high level of engagement and buy-in to new systems of improvement for our patients. There will not be improved patient satisfaction without improved provider satisfaction!
Based on extensive surveys undertaken in the Fall of 2013 and into the Spring of 2014, 98% of our members believe that engaging in quality improvement process should be a priority for our Union. The surveys also told us that at least 50% of our colleagues stated that their experience with quality improvement projects had “not been rewarding at all.”
Based on these surveys, our Union wrote and widely circulated a White Paper which is a Call to Action for frontline clinician integration into a truly joint quality improvement strategy, to actualize the vision of our members’ demand for an equal voice in quality. Because of the strength of Doctors Council’s political action, we were able to present the findings of our surveys and our White Paper to the Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services. Our political action was further instrumental in settling our contract which includes the attainment of the Collaboration Councils.
Now these efforts have resulted in formal agreements with HHC to take joint action on behalf of our patients, our communities, and ourselves.
What are the Collaboration Councils?
The Scope of the Collaboration Councils is broad: they are designed to create effective sponsorship and effective environments in the following areas:
Enablement of success will be achieved by:
Through the implementation of these Collaboration Councils we begin a new era for Doctors Council SEIU. Our Union must transform as healthcare transforms…enabling our voices as leaders in quality improvement!
*List of HHC Facilities involved in Collaboration Councils
Coler Specialty Hospital
Coney Island Hospital
Dr. Susan Smith McKinney Nursing & Rehabilitation Center
East NY D&TC
Henry J. Carter Specialty Hospital
Jacobi Medical Center
Kings County Hospital
North Central Bronx Hospital
Renaissance Health Network D&TC