Caring around the Clock: rounding in practice

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Abstract

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> The Caring around the Clock scheme

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> The benefits of hourly ward rounds

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> How to bring about a change in practice

Hutchings M (2012) Caring around the Clock: rounding in practice. Nursing Times; 108: 49, 12–14.

A large acute trust in the East Midlands looked to the US to inform its implementation of hourly rounding, otherwise known as intentional rounding.

A combination of transformational leadership and meaningful interactions form the basis of a new approach to rounding — Caring around the Clock. The trust piloted the concept on 10 wards with results showing a 32% reduction in call lights. The successful change in practice required an investment in staff education to equip staff with the necessary skills. The trust is currently rolling out Caring around the Clock to 79 inpatient wards.

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