Evaluating handover practice in an acute NHS trust
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Evaluating handover practice in an acute NHS trust

William Gage Lead nurse, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, London

Good nursing handover is central to the delivery of high-quality care. However, there are no national tools available to audit and benchmark practice standards in this area. Following a review of the literature, evidence-based best practice standards were identified and used by the author to audit nursing handover in one acute NHS trust in the UK. Results of the audit were used to assure quality of care and identify areas for improvement.

Nursing Standard. 27, 48,43-50. doi: 10.7748/ns2013.07.27.48.43.e7753

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review

Received: 28 March 2013

Accepted: 10 May 2013