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Workshop on Improving Handover in Emergency Care

Invitation for Participation

Monday July 16th 2012, 10:00 – 16:00

The College of Emergency Medicine, 7-9 Bream’s Buildings, Chancery Lane, London EC4A 1DT


Warwick Medical School are pleased to invite you to participate in a workshop on improving handover in Emergency Care, funded as part of a National Institute for Health Research project. The workshop aims to provide a platform for practitioners with an interest in handover and researchers to share experiences and ideas for improving the quality of handover in Emergency Care and reducing the risk to patients.

The workshop will include a presentation on organisational barriers to high-quality handover by Prof Matthew Cooke, National Clinical Director for Urgent and Emergency Care. There will be a number of break-out sessions dedicated to the identification and discussion of promising interventions to which participants are encouraged to contribute actively and freely. A University of Warwick certificate of attendance can be issued for your portfolios.

Please confirm your participation by email to Sallyann Edwards ( before June 29th. The workshop is free of charge, and lunch will be provided. For further information please contact Prof Cooke (


09:30 - 10:00 Coffee
10:00 - 10:15 Welcome & introduction to the day (PDF Document) (Dr Matthew Inada-Kim, Hampshire Hospitals)
10:15 - 10:30 Overview of the NIHR Emergency Care Handover (ECHO) Study (PDF Document) (Dr Mark Sujan, Warwick Medical School)
10:30 - 11:15 National policy, local practice - vulnerabilities in inter-departmental and inter-organisational handover (PDF Document) (Prof Matthew Cooke, Warwick Medical School)
11:15 - 11:30 Coffee
11:30 - 12:10

11:30 - 11:50

Improvement experiences: Electronic PRF (PDF Document) (Dr Pamela Chrispin, East of England Ambulance NHS Trust)

11:50 - 12:10

Improvement experiences: Referral from A&E (PDF Document) (Dr Arne Rose, Heart of England FT)

12:10 - 12:30 Plenary discussion on risk areas for group work (Dr Matthew Inada-Kim)
12:30 - 13:30 Lunch
13:30 - 14:30

13:30 - 14:00

Group work: Discussion of risk themes

14:00 - 14:30

Group work: Group shuffle and continuation of discussion

14:30 - 14:50 Coffee
14:50 - 15:20 Feedback from groups & discussion
15:20 - 16:00 Plenary discussion: Themes & directions (Dr Matthew Inada-Kim & Prof Matthew Cooke)
16:00 Close

This project was funded by the National Institute for Health Research Health Services and Delivery Research (NIHR HS&DR) programme (project number 10/1007/26). Visit the HS&DR website for more information.
The views and opinions expressed therein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of the HS&DR programme, NIHR, NHS or the Department of Health.