‘Caring around the clock’: a new approach to intentional rounding
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‘Caring around the clock’: a new approach to intentional rounding

Marie Hutchings Caring around the clock project lead, Nursing Development Department at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust
Paula Ward Assistant director of learning and organisational development, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust
Kerry Bloodworth Assistant director of nursing, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust

Marie Hutchings and colleagues share their learning from the implementation of a programme that enables nurses to interact with patients on a planned, regular basis

Intentional rounding is a widely debated topic and, in this article, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust shares its experience and learning from implementing an innovative approach based on the process across 79 wards. The authors look at the need for education and for cultural shift to achieve the best results.

The issue of intentional rounding was raised in 2012 by prime minister David Cameron, who responded to a report of failings published by the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman (2011) by announcing that all nurses would be expected to do hourly rounds to improve care. The need for the process has been demonstrated further in the recommendations from the Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust Public Inquiry (Francis 2013).

Nursing Management. 20, 5,24-30. doi: 10.7748/nm2013.09.20.5.24.e1075

Correspondence

marie.hutchings15@yahoo.co.uk

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review

Conflict of interest

None declared

Received: 05 March 2013

Accepted: 08 July 2013