Acute care toolkit for handover – Royal College of Physicians

Posted on August 4, 2011. Filed under: Acute Care, Medicine | Tags: , |

Acute care toolkit for handover – Royal College of Physicians

“With the changing landscape of shorter working hours, the main pitfalls appear to be at the front line of acute medical services. There is increasing evidence of sub-standard care delivered to patients admitted to hospital in the evenings and at weekends. The RCP recognises the need to ensure consistent high-quality care, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year across the NHS, which is reflected in the recent RCP statement recommending consultant presence 12 hours a day, seven days a week in acute care settings.

A series of toolkits
Currently there are clear difficulties in providing high-quality service and training within the constraints of the shorter working hours. To tackle this issue, this year RCP will prepare a series of toolkits with the goal of ensuring that patients get access to the highest quality of acute medical care wherever and whenever it is needed. Each toolkit will include concise practical guidance to enhance patient safety, medical effectiveness and high quality service and training within current working patterns. The first toolkit in the series will address handover.”

Press release


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