Backround Ward rounds are complex clinical activities which are crucial in providing high quality patient-centred healthcare. They are intricately linked to patient safety, patient experience and clinical outcomes. The Royal College of Physicians/Royal College of Nursing joint publication Ward Rounds in Medicine, highlighted the need for structured multidisciplinary rounds, based on current best practice and emphasised the need for robust training strategies.1 The QWRP is a collaborative project involving three acute hospital sites, Brighton and Sussex Medical School (BSMS), University of Brighton’s School of Health Sciences and Pharmacy, supported by an educational grant from Health Education Kent, Surrey and Sussex (HEKSS). Our aim is to develop an integrated educational ward round programme which can be delivered across the HEKSS region.
Methodology Building on previous work conducted at our collaborating hospital trusts we have established a collaborative working group to develop a generic ward round educational programme. The QWRP team are designing a low technology simulation course and e-learning training programme in multidisciplinary rounds for final year medical students, foundation doctors, student nurses and pre-registration pharmacists.
Results Pilot courses at two trusts have delivered themed-ward round simulation training to 142 participants. Our preliminary data demonstrates that confidence levels in leading rounds was significantly improved in foundation doctors and undergraduate students. Feedback has been overwhelmingly positive, with 93% rating the session as excellent or very good and the majority recommending it should be a mandatory part of training. Nursing students and pharmacists indicated the training was an excellent means of restoring their importance in the ward round process. We will present further data as the project develops.
Potential impact Low technology ward round simulation-based education is well received and improves confidence levels in learners. It is practical, transferrable and may enhance multiprofessional learning for the benefit of patient care.
Royal College of Physicians/Royal College of Nursing. Ward rounds in medicine: principles for best practice. Royal College of Physicians 2012.
- Category: Course or curriculum evaluation/innovation/integration
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