Handover of Care
This report was commissioned by the National Lead Clinicians Group. The research article discusses the development of a standardized data set and template for handovers between clinicians, with the aim of improving the timeliness and quality of discharge summaries. It also explores the evidence on the quality of diagnosis and referrals, including the timeliness, appropriateness, destination, and quality of communication from primary to secondary care. The article mentions various initiatives and programs aimed at improving transitions of care, including electronic discharge summaries and targeted interventions for high-risk patients. It also highlights the need for expert facilitation and strong implementation of improvement tools.