DOI: 10.1093/ageing/afad246.021 ISSN: 0002-0729

1808 QIP to improve the board round process on a general geriatric medicine ward

J Crofts, C Baguneid, A Hillarious
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Aging
  • General Medicine



Effective board rounds improve the patient’s experience and reduce the risks associated with a prolonged hospital stay. Ward C54 at Queen’s Medical Centre is a 30-bedded ward dedicated to the provision of care for older, frail (CFS ≥ 6) patients. Board round on C54 was unstructured and could take over an hour. The project team set out to reduce the duration of board round, improve the quality of information handed over and improve staff satisfaction with board round.


Pre- and post-intervention data on the daily duration of board round were collected by the junior doctors on the ward. PDSA methodology was then used to test the following interventions: 1. Nerve centre updated daily by the junior doctor responsible for that bay 2. Junior doctors to present information using 4Q approach 3. Staff nurse in each bay highlighting any issues for that bay. Pre- and post-intervention surveys were also distributed to staff working on C54.


The duration of board round was reduced from an average of 52 minutes to an average of 38 minutes post-intervention. Over 90% of survey respondents believed the board round to be more efficient and over 80% were either satisfied or very satisfied with board round duration.


The findings have shown it is possible to improve the duration of and staff satisfaction with board round by giving MDT members a framework to help structure handover of written and verbal information. Future considerations include providing teaching sessions to staff on the board round process.

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