SHINE Surgical Ward Round Toolkit

The project to develop the Surgical Ward Round Toolkit was sponsored by a grant from SHINE (Health Foundation) and was carried out jointly between the Patient safety Board of The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh.

Using an adapted NOTSS (Non-Technical Skills for Surgeons) system and a ward round based structured checklist, the aim of the Toolkit is to reduce errors and improve safety on surgical wards. The introductory video describes the various parts of the toolkit:


The final SHINE report describes the project and the results in detail.

The different parts of the toolkit are explained in the separate documents, downloadable below. Tool 3 can be adapted for an individual unit's needs and reproduced using the Powerpoint document.

For further information about the Toolkit and this project contact:

Ward-round Non-technical skills for Surgery (WANTSS) e-Learning module

Surgical ward rounds are fast-paced, covering a large number of patients with varying conditions, over a short period of time. These factors combined have the potential to impact the quality of patient care and experience. It has been shown that our non-technical skills (NTS) contribute just as much as our technical skills, if not more, to the quality of care we provide. The Ward-round Non-technical Skills for Surgery (WANTSS) e-Learning module is designed to improve clinical performance and patient safety on surgical ward-rounds.

To access the module please click here, logging in with your College account. On successful completion of the module, you will be able to download a Certificate of Completion confirming that you have been awarded 1 hour of CPD.


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