The Productive Mental Health Ward - Patient Status at a Glance 

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The Productive Mental Health Ward - Patient Status at a Glance forms part of the Foundation level of The Productive Series: Releasing Time to CareTM programme. The Productive Series has been specifically designed to help frontline staff spend more time on patient care, reduce waste and improve efficiency.

Staff regularly get interrupted for a number of reasons and our studies have shown that nurses can be interrupted once every 6 minutes. People often ask where something is, where a member of staff is, how to do something and finally people frequently ask about the status of a patient / service user.

Visiting multi-disciplinary staff, bank and agency staff and the ward team need patient status information in order to carry out their roles. If information is not easily to hand then staff may have to interrupt someone. This wastes valuable time and interrupts staff concentrating on care delivery.

Our patients should be on our wards because they are receiving care not because they are waiting for something to happen. Patient Status at a Glance seeks to make information on patient status clear to those who need it. It seeks to help plan the patient journey visibly and to reduce the number of times your staff are interrupted, thus releasing time to care.

This module will help you to determine the best use of visual information to support patient care; including the development of patient information boards on your ward. The module will ask you to think about; how you can make patient information visual, what should patient boards be used for and what type of information should be on them? Who should update the information and how often? How should confidentiality issues be dealt with?

On completion of this course you will:

  • Understand what causes interruptions
  • Understand how the principle of visualisation works and why it is important to all staff
  • Understand how to communicate changes in patient status
  • Understand how to make audits a positive activity that help sustain the team's improvements.


Lesson Plan


Areas covered include:

  • Welcome
  • Introduction
  • Prepare
  • Assess
  • Diagnose
  • Plan
  • Treat
  • Evaluate
  • Patient Status at a Glance



The content of this course has been independently certified as conforming to universally accepted Continuous Professional Development (CPD) guidelines.


On completion of this course you will be able to print a City & Guilds accredited certificate.


Approximately 1 hour. The length of time taken depends entirely on how quickly you can study and absorb the material. You can proceed as quickly or slowly as you like.

Target Audience

This module is targeted specifically at those who manage or work within a Mental Health Ward environment.

Further Information

This e-learning module is designed to offer underpinning knowledge to support the roll out of the Productive Series. Whilst learning can occur at any time, the Productive Series has been purposefully designed in a modular form to allow teams to implement the programmes in a sequential manner starting with the Foundation modules and progressing to the Process modules. The NHS Institute therefore strongly recommends that implementation follows the recommended path to ensure the best opportunity to realise the benefits which the programme can deliver and ensure they are sustained.


Entry Requirements


There are no specific entry requirements for this course.

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