10. Applying guidelines relating to preparation and follow-up
Following the guidelines will help the team focus on attendance and agenda setting in the ward round, and as a result outside of ward rounds. The parts of the guidelines that particularly relate to this are shown here.
Effectively ‘declutter’ the ward round.
A scoping exercise to effectively ‘declutter’ the ward round from being the function to discuss / resolve too many, significant or complex issues / matters and to recommend how issues such as treatment, s.17 leave, discharge planning may be resolved outside the ward round.
An agreed ‘agenda’ for ward round that all parties input into.
A model where each ward round has an agreed ‘agenda’ that all parties input into and is circulated in good time to allow for preparation and follow up.
A defined limitation of those who attend ward rounds.
A defined limitation of those who attend ward rounds to ensure that attendance is significantly less than current practice with clear rationale and agreement for attendance in advance which links with and reflects the circulated and agreed agenda (recommendation 5).