Background "Handover of care is one of the most perilous procedures in medicine, and when carried out improperly can be a major contributory factor to subsequent error and harm to patients."1
Changing work patterns such as EWTD and full shift rotas have created a need for improved handover of clinical responsibility and information. There is a growing recognition that enhanced training and systems for effective and safe handover are essential to maintain high standards of clinical care.2 We became interested in junior doctors training in the handover process with a view to improving patient care.
Methods An online survey was distributed to the RSCH 2014 cohort of foundation year doctors asking a range of specific questions relating to their experience of handover, the extent of formal handover training and any evidence of patient safety issues as a result of poor handover. The plan was then to design and deliver simulation sessions targeting deficiencies in the handover process.
Results More than 50% of the foundation doctors were involved in handover at least twice a day and all 100% considered it an important part of patient safety. Despite this 50% had never received formal handover training although 82% thought that it would be beneficial. A worrying 40% had experienced at least one incident when patient safety was jeopardised as a direct result of poor handover. 100% selected simulation as the preferred form for training delivery.
We are now in the process of developing the appropriate simulation package and will present our final version.
Impact Handover is a vital area of medical practice but one where training is deficient. The Royal Surrey simulation handover project will address this need and enhance patient safety. This is a national problem and we plan to roll out our programme to the wider medical community.
Professor Sir John Lilleyman Medical Director National Patient Safety Agency, 2006
JDC (2006) Safe handover: safe patients Guidance on clinical handover for clinicians and managers; British Medical Association
Junior Doctors Committee (2003) Making IT work for hospital Juniors: Supporting Working Practices and Training with the New Contract and the EWTD. London: British Medical Association
- Category: Course or curriculum evaluation/innovation/integration
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