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The importance of delivering a good handover

Laura Slim finds handovers nerve-wracking but is learning to be more confident 
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Laura Slim finds handovers nerve-wracking but is learning to be more confident

I am a mental health nursing student in my second year of training and am currently on placement on an older people’s acute mental health ward. The ward has 14 patients and information about every patient is handed over at the end of each shift by one of the nurses.

The information delivered during handover consists of how the patient has been recently, in terms of both their mental and physical health, as well as any outstanding tasks that need to be completed and any important meetings or appointments booked for that day or the near future.

An essential communication skill

Providing a good handover is an essential communication skill for nurses. Handovers are vital in maintaining patient safety and providing quality care, which is why they


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