Developing a community mental health nursing handover form
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Developing a community mental health nursing handover form

Laurie Burleton Nursing student, University of West London, London.

While nursing handovers are predominantly used in ward settings, this essential form of communication is also used by community mental health teams to promote continuity of care. A community mental health nursing handover form was developed to overcome poor communication of patient information. It is expected that the form will increase efficiency and reduce handover time by focusing on pertinent and current patient information. Implementation of a community mental health nursing handover form requires the willingness of staff to be proactive and embrace change. The involvement of nurse leaders is essential to implement successful change, overcome barriers and motivate staff.

Nursing Standard. 27, 39,35-40. doi: 10.7748/ns2013.05.27.39.35.e7192

Accepted: 31 December 2012

Published in print: 29 May 2013

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This article has been subject to double blind peer review