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Nursing records go digital

The Welsh Nursing Care Record (WNCR) has been launched in several health boards across Wales. The project is transforming nursing documentation by standardising forms, and turning them digital.

Nurses will see new formats available in both paper and digital,  for documents including risk assessments and adult inpatient assessments.

The digital versions of the forms mean nurses will be able to complete assessments at the patient bedside on tablet computers, or other handheld devices.

It is being piloted on several wards throughout February and March, in locations across Wales. This week it has launched in Aneurin Bevan, Swansea Bay, Hywel Dda and Cardiff and Vale. Other health boards will launch over the next few weeks. After evaluation, and later in the year the digital forms will be available to more wards.

Nurses and multidisciplinary colleagues from every health board have been involved in the programme and have been working together for over two years to standardise the forms and create the digital process. A Clinical Nursing Lead is employed in each health board and is leading the introduction of the new documents.