Promoting effective teamwork in the healthcare setting

Promoting effective teamwork in the healthcare setting

Sarah Ryan Nurse consultant in rheumatology, Haywood Hospital, Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent Partnership NHS Trust, Stoke on Trent, England

Patients require access to various healthcare professionals to manage their healthcare needs. Most nurses work in a team established to provide optimum care for patients. This article explores the stages necessary to develop an effective healthcare team and identifies the attributes required for effective teamwork. These include: effective leadership, a shared mental approach (a common understanding of the roles and responsibilities of all members of the team), respect among team members and shared training. Scenarios involving a rheumatology team that includes the author are used to demonstrate how effective teams can be established in practice, and the benefits of effective healthcare teams to staff well-being and patient care.

Nursing Standard. doi: 10.7748/ns.2017.e10726


Peer review

This article has been subject to external double-blind peer review and checked for plagiarism using automated software

Received: 21 October 2016

Accepted: 10 January 2017

Published online: 14 March 2017