Posted on 2. June 2015 · Posted in BLOG, research

In the paper “Training on handover of patient care within UK medical schools” published in Medical Education Online on January 11th 2013 [doi: 10.3402/meo.v18i0.20169] the author concludes “Whilst undergraduate medical schools recognised handover as an important education issue, they do not feel that they should have the ultimate responsibility for training in this area and as such are responding in varying ways. Undergraduate medical educators should seek to reach consensus as to the extent of provision they will offer. Weaknesses in the literature regarding how to design such education have exacerbated the problem, but the contemporaneous and growing published evidence base should be employed by educators to address this issue.

The Patient project in response to this is delighted to present The Curriculum for Handover Training, which has been developed for medical faculties and health-care institutions to implement in full or integrate elements of it into patient safety and handover training into their medical curricula.

The curriculum is one of the main outcomes of the PATIENT project to present a curriculum for handover training for medical students.  It is the first of its kind and is available in English, German, and Spanish language. All training content and tools within PATIENT are built upon the curriculum.

The Handover Curriculum content is divided into three comprehensive modules focussing on occurrence of medical error and adverse events, effective communication, and simulation and training.

The training material of the curriculum can be used completely or partially and can be individually adapted to local needs and standards. It is flexible and adaptable.

Adaptation: Because of the differences between various curricula and teaching strategies, the three modules are designed to be flexible and adaptable.
Complement existing curricula: Features of The PATIENT handover curriculum can be added to existing materials and curricular content.

The handover curriculum including the Spanish and German version can be found at

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Pat Henn