The September 2020 edition of Clinical Communiqué focuses on issues being faced by the health sector during the pandemic. This edition touches on emotional complexities in communicating with patients and colleagues in these times. It also explores the need for healthcare workers and management to reach a mutual understanding of occupational health and safety practices. Other expert commentaries shed light on empowering healthcare leadership through the reflection of pandemic learnings. The editors also share recommendations for frameworks to foster appropriate risk analysis and mitigation.
Future Leaders Communiqué
The January 2020 edition of Future Leaders Communiqué explores the theme of the ‘perils of clinical handover’ between multiple disciplines, complications arising from gaps in communication between healthcare professionals and lack of articulation with patient information. The case study presented highlights delayed post-operative complications following a surgical procedure, and failure in multidisciplinary team communications. With proper communication, including peer-to-peer discussions, maintenance of patient records and governance on the use of structured clinical handover tools can help prevent harm in the setting of clinical handover and its presented risks.