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pH facilitate successful RCP survey and publication in Clinical Medicine

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Date: 19/1/2010

During 2009, pH supported the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) to implement a pilot survey in Acute Medicine. The report was published in Clinical Medicine in December (abstract below). Roll out of the study to further centres is currently being coordinated by pH.

Acute medical care. The right person, in the right setting - first time: how does practice match the report recommendations?

Authors: Ward, David; Potter, Jonathan; Ingham, Jane; Percival, Fran; Bell, Derek

Clinical Medicine, Journal of the Royal College of Physicians, Volume 9, Number 6, December 2009 , pp. 553-556(4)

Paper abstract: An acute medicine Royal College of Physicians report makes key recommendations. This study reviews organisational issues and consultant working patterns against these recommendations. Thirty-nine trusts in England and Wales were asked to participate in an online survey, which 27 completed. Twenty-six sites had an acute medical unit (AMU) and all had a lead consultant. Two trusts had no written operational policy. Of the 26 AMUs, 22 had at least level 1 facilities and 21 used an early warning score at point of entry to care. Ten reported a minimum of twice daily ward rounds seven days a week. Consultant of the day was the most common pattern of work. Ten trusts cancelled other clinical duties for consultants responsible for acute take. The pilot shows evidence of good practice in leadership and operational policies. Further work to standardise and improve acute care is needed including a more consistent twice daily consultant review.

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