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In this task I will explain how multi-disciplinary working can improve the provision of health service services.

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M4- In this task I will explain how multi-disciplinary working can improve the provision of health service services. What is multidisciplinary? Multidisciplinary teams consist of staff from several different professional backgrounds that have different areas of expertise. These teams are able to respond to clients who require the help of more than one kind of professional. Multidisciplinary teams are often discussed in the same context as joint working, interagency work and partnership working. These teams sometimes consist of: * General practitioners * Practice nurses * Community health nurses * Allied health professionals (may be a mix of state funded community health and private professionals) such as physiotherapists, occupational therapists, dieticians, psychologists, social workers, podiatrists and Aboriginal Health Workers * Health educators - such as diabetes educators How to work in a multi-disciplinary team Multi-disciplinary teams can work brilliantly together or be totally dysfunctional. ...read more.


Professionals might like to consider whether the service user should be considered a member of the multi-disciplinary team, they should consider involving them especially when they are discussing their welfare, and if the service user is in the right frame of mind why not ask their opinions. Source: http://www.communitycare.co.uk/Articles/2005/11/07/51502/How-to-work-in-multi-disciplinary-teams.htm Accessed on the 20th/4/11 Benefit of multi-disciplinary Multidisciplinary teams convey many benefits to both clients and the health professionals working on the team, such as improved health outcomes and enhanced satisfaction for clients; and the more efficient use of resources and enhanced job satisfaction for team members. To ensure optimum functioning of the team and effective patient outcomes, the roles of the multidisciplinary team members in care planning and delivery must be clearly negotiated and defined. This will require consideration of: * respect and trust between team members * the best use of the skill mix within the team * what clinical governance structures need to be in place * how communication and interaction will occur between team members Source: http://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Initiatives/HealthOneNSW/framework/modelofcare/multidisciplinary_care.asp Accessed on 20th/4/11 Multi-Disciplinary Team Working - Confidentiality. ...read more.


Practices should have a confidentiality statement that includes a clause to cover staff when they are no longer working at the practice, and should ensure that all staff receive and sign a copy, including the practice-employed cleaner. Information between colleagues All healthcare professionals have a professional principled duty to respect patients' confidentiality and should only access records if they are involved in the patient's care. Whilst it is assumed that patients consent to their personal information being shared among the clinical team for the purposes of their care, they should be made aware that this is the case and told that they have the right to withhold consent. Sometimes, patients may ask for certain - usually extremely sensitive - information to be kept private and team members should respect this. However, in certain circumstances, this information may need to be released if failure to disclose would place others at risk of death or serious harm. Source: http://www.medicalprotection.org/uk/gp-registrar/confidentiality/breaching-confidentiality Accessed on the 20th/4/11 ?? ?? ?? ?? M4 Unit 18:Working in the health sector ...read more.

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