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Clinical Task Handover IT System in Beaumont wins top prize at HSE Lead NCHD Awards (Sept 2016)

Tuesday September 06, 2016

An electronic Clinical Task Handover System designed to facilitate better communication between Non-Consultant Hospital Doctors (NCHDs) and nurses in Beaumont Hospital has won first prize in the 2016 Lead NCHD Awards hosted by the HSE.

Lead NCHDs represent their peers at management level within the countries hospitals engaging with Clinical Directors and hospital management team.  These Awards are in recognition of the work undertaken by Lead NCHDs during the course of their tenure on their clinical site as part of the Lead NCHD Initiative.  Dr John Duddy, Lead NCHD in Beaumont up to July of this year, accepted the award on behalf of the team who developed the system at an awards ceremony last week, from the National Director of the HSE’s Quality Improvement Division Dr Philip Crowley, and the National Clinical Lead for the HSE Clinical Director Programme, Dr Julie McCarthy,.

The project team developed an electronic task handover system which enables the secure recording of ward based tasks.  The new system facilitates task handovers during shifts between NCHDs (Interns) and nurses replacing written task lists.

The system was developed after Beaumont Hospital staff met with Dr Conor Malone and the team behind the Beacon Hospital’s DocIT system. The team from Beaumont used the concept behind the DocIT system but developed a new software package designed to meet the specific requirements of Beaumont.

Congratulations to all involved in the development of this system (Project Manager Niamh Kane and the IT team, the nursing staff and NCHDs on Adams McConnell and Richmond wards, Dr. Daniel Kane, Prof Ed Smyth & Helen Ryan, Clinical Governance)  which improves safety around the recording of tasks, facilitates better inter-professional communication, increases efficiency (where tasks are performed more quickly) and a reduces the number of bleeps received by doctors.