Kaye Dennison set up OHS to fulfil a dream of bringing world class innovation to quality patient care working in community and hospital teams across professional groups.
Kaye has been recognised for her achievements in the health sector with the Janice Mueller National Leadership Award for Professional Leadership (2014) and the Dietitians New Zealand Award of Excellence (2012).
Some examples of innovations she has supported include: a community based restorative Nutrition programme (Counties Manukau DHB); an e-learning competency programme for dietitians prescribing and monitoring enteral feeding; the establishment of the Centre for Clinical Innovation in Nutrition at Feeding at Waitemata DHB; and a Tele-health project introducing tablets for community based allied health clinicians (Waitemata DHB).
She is a qualified dietitian and a registered nutritionist with a special interest in championing nutrition solutions for seniors. She also has proven experience as an accomplished coach and mentor for allied health professionals.
Kaye’s extensive New Zealand experience includes: professional leadership roles for allied health teams at DHBs; clinical audits of dietetic care; training health professionals in nutrition needs assessments; managing hospital clinical dietetic services and overseeing hospital food services.
Other achievements include: nutrition screening training for nurses and allied health clinicians; championing national therapy assistant training; completing national research on centralising hospital and community dietetic resources and research on community dietitian caseloads. She has also been a presenter on many national roadshows focusing on increasing the awareness of Health Professionals and lay people on nutrition risk in older people.
During almost a decade working in the Sultanate of Oman, Kaye was in charge of all dietetic clinical and food services at the 560 bed Sultan Qaboos University Hospital, seconded as a food safety consultant for an international Arab States conference and a supervisor of nutrition training and ten village health care research projects for medical students.
Kaye’s qualifications: Diploma of Home Science – Nutrition (1976), Postgraduate Diploma in Dietetics (1980), Postgraduate Diploma in Business Studies – Human Resources (1988), Master of Arts – Developing Country Studies (1999), Registered Nutritionist (2014) and a qualified PRINCE2 Practitioner in project management (2014).
Optimize Health Solutions (OHS) has recently worked with Lakes District DHB and currently provides services for Waitemata DHB and Counties Manukau Health. Contracts with other organisations cover audits, reviews and profession specific advisory roles. Consulting to start up business, in particular, around specialised and therapeutic diets for older and disabled people is an increasing area of business. Most recently, with the increasing competition for jobs in the health sector, OHS is experiencing an increase the number of health professionals seeking professional supervision, mentoring and coaching for recruitment interviews.