Ward configuration

Studying the effect of ward configuration on teamwork and safety

This study, funded by NIHR Health Service and Delivery Research Programme, is investigating how ward configuration affects teamwork, staff and patient experience, safety and costs. The design is a controlled before and after study involving data collection before and after a move from multi bed wards to all single room patient accommodation. The study hospital is the first in the UK to move to 100% single room accommodation so results will inform future hospital building projects. Collaborators are University of Southampton, Health and Care Infrastructure Research and Innovation Centre (HaCIRIC) at Imperial College London. Clarissa Penfold is completing her PhD on this topic, using visual methods to investigate staff and patient’s experiences of the different ward configurations. Further information can be found here.