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    • Thanishiya Maduray
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      Last year we wanted to do simulation training in our department. We wanted to form a team to set up the scenarios and we included nurses, medical officers and consultants in the team. I believe that inviting health care workers with different backgrounds and levels of experiences improves collaboration as a team – you are able to get different view points and input and these team members set an example so that our bigger “team”, our department unites as a team.

    • Sarah Wilkins
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      This is a great approach to improving to team collaboration- providing workshops and in-services to the team as whole to allow for case discussions, brain storming, problem-solving and ensure that all members have better idea of the different roles each members can play and support they can offer. Furthermore, this can assist in helping a team move from a more ‘siloed’ or multidisciplinary approach to a more ‘collaborative’ or interdisciplinary’ one. We have also implemented a monthly multidisciplinary team meeting in which each discipline gets a month to share on a topic with the rest of the team with aim of improving service delivery.

      Some of the other solutions we have implemented include: a daily morning handover within the rehab department where we discuss each case being seen in the ward by OT/PT & SLT in order to align assessment and management plans as well to transfer knowledge between one another as well as regularly booking patients being seen by multi professionals on the same day to be seen by the professionals at the same time.

    • Charne Cox (Loe)
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      Wow Thanishiya, the simulation training as a team is such a good idea.
      In our facility we do weekly team meetings where each patients concerns and goals are discussed in detail. The entire team is there (excluding the family for these meetings). Out team includes: Doctor, nurse, PT, OT, ST, psychologist, social worker, dietician, funder/medical aid rep. For certain cases a play therapist and educational psychologist may also be included. We find these meetings incredibly beneficial as this is how we ensure that we are all speaking the same language and best care for the children and their families. We do not invite families to these meetings as there is a lot of medical jargon and ideas being thrown around.
      For the families and children we have 2-3 family meetings (more if requested or the need arises) where we encourage the family to be active participants in the team and allow for informed decision making. We set aside a full hour per family meeting so that we ensure our undivided attention is given to the family, in a quiet room. In these meetings there is a Dr, nurse, OT, PT, ST, funder, social worker, psychologist, dietician. It is in these meetings where we find the families start to build a relationship with us and us with them.

    • Helene Best
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      That sounds fantastic. Very fortunate to have such a wonderful team of experts together. I like the idea of having both MDT meetings as well as family meetings.

    • Nomthandazo Shezi
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      In our facility we conduct the weekly meetings where we review our performance,work on the challenges we had the previous week,help each other on achieving task given.
      The meeting includes all the multidisciplinary team,and team member come up with the own views to meet the target goal
      I find this effective as everyone come out their own experiences

    • Tracy
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      Great posts everyone! Thanks for adding these ‘gems’ of practical ways to enhance and ensure collaborative team work! I have come to realise that in our diverse and complex work places/environments we need to improvise with the resources (both human and material) that we have and get creative as teams if we want to deliver services that are close to optimal. It’s always easy to say ‘oh but we don’t have the time ….. or ‘we can’t because we don’t have…..!’. Just reading how each of you in your own place of work have included team meetings is very encouraging! 👏

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