Acute care toolkit 1: Handover
Handover is the system by which the responsibility for immediate and ongoing care is transferred between healthcare professionals. Patients expect, and should have, a designated consultant and nurse to coordinate the multidisciplinary team. However, at times (eg night, weekends or during an emergency admission) the responsibility for care must pass from one team, or consultant, to another.
Urgent and emergency care: a prescription for the future
Hospitals are struggling to cope with increasing pressure on urgent and emergency care services. The challenges faced by emergency departments are the most visible sign of pressure across our health system. This statement sets out a 10-point vision for addressing these challenges.