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Implementing a patient assessment framework in acute care.

Lees, Liz and Hughes, Tara (2009) Implementing a patient assessment framework in acute care. Nursing standard (Royal College of Nursing (Great Britain) : 1987), 24 (3). pp. 35-43. ISSN 0029-6570. (In Press) This article is accessible to all HEFT staff and students via NHS Evidence www.evidence.nhs.uk by using their Athens login IDs

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Abstract

This article describes the secondment of a critical care practitioner to an acute medicine unit. The aim was to develop the acute assessment skills of the unit's nurses and to implement a new assessment framework. The secondment took place over four months from December 2007 to March 2008 at the Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust, Birmingham. There were several stages to the project, commencing with exploration of existing practice and culminating with evaluation of the project's effect on practice. A review of the multi-professional patient records was conducted six months after the conclusion of the secondment. This revealed that the assessment framework continued to be used in practice. The secondment demonstrated that supporting nurses to embrace new skills resulted in a change in practice. However, a permanent change cannot be assured unless practice is revisited and supported on a continual basis.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This article is accessible to all HEFT staff and students via NHS Evidence www.evidence.nhs.uk by using their Athens login IDs
Subjects: WX Health services > WX200 General management
Divisions: Emergency Services > Acute Medicine and AMU
Emergency Services > Emergency Department
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Depositing User: Preeti Puligari
Date Deposited: 28 Aug 2014 13:58
Last Modified: 28 Aug 2014 13:58
URI: http://www.repository.heartofengland.nhs.uk/id/eprint/551

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