Digital nursing documentation system to be launched across Wales

Information will follow the patient wherever their care is provided in Wales saving time, improving accuracy, and minimising duplication.

Matt Bodell
15 June 2021
Nurse using tablet computer

Nurses will be able to complete assessments at a patient’s bedside on a mobile device.

A new digital nursing documentation system is to be rolled out in Wales

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The new Welsh Nursing Care Record (WNCR) will transform nursing documentation by standardising forms and turning them from paper to digital.

Nurses will be able to complete assessments at a patient’s bedside on a mobile tablet, or other handheld device, saving time, improving accuracy, and minimising duplication.

When a patient is discharged from hospital, digital assessments taken by nurses involved in their care will be made available to the national, digital patient record, the Welsh Clinical Portal (WCP). This means that the information will follow the patient wherever their care is provided in Wales.

Data from the WNCR will then be used to drive developments in learning across organisations in health and care in Wales to improve patient outcomes and experiences.

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Completely change working practices.

NHS Wales says the new system will completely change working practices for nurses and other members of the multi-disciplinary teams in Wales.

The project has involved nurses and multidisciplinary team members from every NHS health board and trust in Wales, working together for over three years to standardise the forms and create the new digital process. A Clinical Nursing Lead is now employed in each health board and trust to lead the introduction of the new documents.

Claire Bevan, the Senior Responsible Owner for the project, said: “I want to express my gratitude to the project team and all nurses and members of the wider multi-professional groups across Health and Care Wales who have informed through their expert reference groups the standardisation of nursing documents.

These have been digitised by the specialist skilled developers to design the Welsh Nursing Care Record by listening to nurses to ensure that the WNCR is fit for practice in the adult care environments.”

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