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Strategies to enhance team work in the acute healthcare setting

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Successful collaboration and teamwork are highly sought-after in acute care settings. They help to ensure optimal work environments and the best possible outcomes for patients and families.  However, embracing collaboration in clinical practice is not always easy. Key terms like continuity of care, patient-centredness, and multidisciplinary care are often used without detailed descriptions of how they will be implemented.

Three specific tactics can help healthcare providers improve the way they collaborate in the healthcare environment: effective communication, standardised clinical handover, and embracing a multidisciplinary approach to care.

This module is about how to enhance effective communication through teamwork and non-verbal communication and addresses the common challenges of non-standardised clinical handover. It examines the value of multidisciplinary care.

This module is a brief module, designed to provide tips on how to use effective tactics. It is designed for all those working in nursing and midwifery.

Learning Objective

At the end of this module participants will be able to:

  • Understand how continuity of care can be enhanced through effective communication
  • Understand how patient safety can be improved with standardised clinical handovers
  • Develop a greater appreciation for the positive outcomes that can be associated with multidisciplinary care

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