Handover is a crucial part of patient care to ensure continuity and to provide the best possible and safe care to patients. However, as times change and service demands increase, it is easy for this process to become rushed or to lose sight of who should be involved. NZRDA led a significant piece of work in 2007 that saw markedly improved handover. However, with the passage of time and increase workloads since then, improved awareness of the handover process and how it ought to be conducted may be necessary.

The document below is a culmination of discussions amongst the NZRDA National Executive and Delegates. It should be read as a guideline of who to include in the handover process, when handover should occur and how long the process should be.