Staff should use their handover period to talk about the social care they have been providing, as well as share issues and worries, update on medical conditions and make sure everyone is aware of anything else of significance that has happened during their shift.
The purpose of a handover is to accurately and reliably transfer task-relevant information across teams or through shift changes, ensuring safe and productive working conditions for residents and staff.
An effective handover should include the following details:
A handover note is a written (or typed) document that an employee coming to the end of their shift completes and shares with the person relieving them of their duties. It describes the tasks and responsibilities that they have carried out, plus any relevant updates or instructions. When the document is being compiled by someone leaving their employment altogether, a handover note should serve as a manual for the new employee coming in on how to carry out the job’s responsibilities.