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RCSEd Welcomes RCP & RCN Statement on Ward Rounds

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04 Oct 2012


The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (RCSEd) has welcomed the broad principles outlined in the joint statement 'Ward rounds in medicine: Principles for Best Practice' released by the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) and the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) on 4 October emphasising the importance of the traditional ward round in the hospital setting.


The College has long recognised the need for surgeons to be well equipped to deliver and participate in the traditional ward round, and recognises that surgeons must be able to develop rapport and build trust with patients, through the use of their non-technical skills both within and outside of the operating theatre.


Commenting on this, Vice President of RCSEd, Professor George Youngson said:


"Joint ward rounds are crucial for maintaining quality of care for many reasons not least of which is establishing a shared understanding of the nature of the patients illness and condition across the team, as well as allowing joint planning for daily objectives for care delivery. 


"This responsibility should not be demoted to be carried out only by junior members of each healthcare group.  It is a keystone of pre-and post-operative care as well as providing an opportunity for education.  This College fully supports the joint report from sister colleges.  Their recommendations are entirely appropriate for and relevant to surgical practice."


To read the full statement from the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) and the Royal College of Nursing click here.

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