New system to aid patient care

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United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust has developed a new system for ward rounds that will improve patient care, and has been nominated for two prestigious health awards.

The ‘Plan from Every Review’ document provides a standard where by each patient’s progress and treatment plan is reviewed. It is used daily during the consultant medical ward round and is usually completed by a junior doctor.

The document is designed to improve communication between a number of professionals that may review the patient during their stay. It ensures that all critical safety steps are complete when a consultant reviews the patient’s treatment.

The project has been shortlisted as a finalist for a Health Service Journal Patient Safety Award. The winner will be announced in July.

Audit data and staff feedback show that the initiative has dramatically improved the safety and quality of medical ward rounds.