Multidisciplinary collaborative care planning
Elaine Scott Clinical Practice Development Nurse, Medical Directorate
Beryl Cowen Staff Nurse, Stroke Rehabilitation Unit, Arrowe Park Hospital, Merseyside
Over many years, healthcare professionals have strived to improve the quality of patient care. The idea that collaborative care might achieve further improvements is relatively new but is a natural consequence of the Patient’s Charter (1992) and other national standards. This article describes how multidisciplinary care planning was introduced in the stroke rehabilitation unit at Clatterbridge Hospital, Wirral Hospital NHS Trust
Conscious of the implications of the Patient’s Charter and the tensions introduced by the internal market, nurses in the stroke rehabilitation unit (SRU) proposed to improve nursing documentation. This in turn created a catalyst for radical change to all the records used in the unit. The outcome of the exercise was a document which could be used by all members of the multidisciplinary team to record the care of patients in the unit.
Nursing Standard. 12, 1, 39-42. doi: 10.7748/ns.12.1.39.s53