A systematic literature review of Releasing Time to Care: The Productive Ward

Authors

  • Stella Wright BSc,

    KTP Associate for Productive Ward
    1. Shrewsbury & Telford Hospital NHS Trust, Telford, UK
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  • Wilfred McSherry PhD, RGN, FRCN

    Professor, Part-time Professor, Corresponding author
    1. Dignity of Care for Older People, Centre for Practice and Service Improvement, Faculty of Health Sciences, Staffordshire University, Stafford, UK
    2. Haraldsplass Deaconess University College, Bergen, Norway
    • Shrewsbury & Telford Hospital NHS Trust, Telford, UK
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Correspondence: Wilfred McSherry, Professor in Dignity of Care for Older People, Centre for Practice and Service Improvement, Faculty of Health Sciences, Staffordshire University, Blackheath Lane, Stafford ST18 0AD, UK. Telephone: +44 (0) 1785 353630.

E-mail: wilf.mcsherry@staffs.ac.uk

Abstract

Aims and objectives

This systematic review provides an overview of the literature published on Releasing Time to Care: The Productive Ward between 2005 and June 2011.

Background

Releasing Time to Care: The Productive Ward programme was developed by the NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement and launched in England in 2007. The programme comprises thirteen modules that aim to increase time for direct patient care, improve the patient and staff experience and make changes to the ward environment to improve efficiency.

Design

A systematic literature review.

Methods

The terms ‘Releasing Time to Care’ and ‘Productive Ward’ were applied to key healthcare databases; CINAHL, Medline, Science Direct, ProQuest, Health Business Elite, British Nursing Index, Embase, Health Management Information Consortium and PsychInfo. All papers were read and subject to a quality assessment.

Results

The literature search identified 95 unique sources. A lack of research on The Productive Ward programme meant it was necessary to include non-empirical literature. In total, 18 articles met the inclusion criteria. Seven key themes were identified: the patient and staff experience, direct care time, patient safety, financial impact, embedding and sustainability, executive support and leadership, and common barriers and determinants of success. It also highlighted areas that require further exploration such as long-term sustainability of the programme and consistent data measurement between organisations.

Conclusion

The review tentatively reports how The Productive Ward programme has been used to transform nursing practice for the benefit of patients and frontline staff, and how it resulted in cost savings. The literature review identified a potential positive results bias in the current literature whereby favourable outcomes were reported.

Relevance to clinical practice

This paper summarises the types of evidence and current literature on The Productive Ward providing a reference for frontline staff implementing the programme.

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