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Keywords:

  • implementation;
  • improvement;
  • lean health care;
  • Productive Ward;
  • quality;
  • releasing time to care

Aim

This paper reviews the Productive Ward: Releasing Time to Care™ literature, identifying and discussing the key characteristics that may contribute to successful implementation.

Background

It is 5 years since the official UK launch of the Productive Ward, and the Republic of Ireland commenced a phased, national implementation programme in 2011. Thus it is timely to reflect on the implementation lessons learned to date and described in the literature.

Evaluation

Using taxonomic mapping, this paper evaluates the current state of the literature that pertains to Productive Ward implementation experience; success factors; reports, and assessments.

Key issues

Seven common contextual characteristics were identified: robust and engaging communication; enabling and empowering roles; appropriate training; project planning and management; leadership; corporate/management engagement and support; and financial and human resource commitment.

Conclusion

The key characteristics identified have a direct impact on the implementation of the Productive Ward. The interplay between these key characteristics and how this interplay influences successful implementation of the Productive Ward warrants further research.

Implications for nursing management

Acknowledging and embracing the seven characteristics during implementation will positively improve the progress and success of the initiatives implementation.