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3.2.2 Teamworking

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  • Attend multidisciplinary team meetings and morbidity and mortality meetings, and engage in systematic review and audit to the standards and performance of the team.
  • Work effectively and amicably with colleagues in the multidisciplinary team, arrive to meetings on time, share decision making, develop common management protocols where possible and discuss problems with colleagues.
  • Engage in and encourage reflection and learning from the activity of the multidisciplinary team and take appropriate action in response.
  • Understand and respect the roles and views of other members in the team. You should promote well structured and inclusive processes that encourage contributions of all members and ensure that the views of new and junior members are taken into account.
  • Encourage a culture of safety, candour and constructive challenge in your team, where difficulties and problems that may cause harm to the patient can surface and be openly discussed and mitigated.
  • Ensure that each member of your team understands his or her own and each other’s role and responsibilities.
  • Ensure that new members of the team, including locum surgeons, are not isolated. Ensure that they are fully conversant with the routines and practices of the team and know from whom to seek advice on clinical or managerial matters.
  • Be mindful of the risks of diffusion of responsibility in the multidisciplinary team setting and the wider Trust setting and ensure that shared and corporate responsibility does not interfere with or diminish your own professional responsibility to your patient.
  • Always respond to calls for help from trainees, colleagues and other members in the surgical team. If unexpected circumstances require staff to act beyond their practised competencies, you should provide support for colleagues in making the care of the patient the first concern.

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Title/Link Author Published Date

Surgical Leadership - A guide to best practice

RCS 2014

The High Performing Surgical Team – A guide to best practice

RCS 2014
The Leadership and Management for Surgical Teams RCS 2007
Five Steps to Safer Surgery NPSA 2010
WHO Surgical Safety Checklist and Implementation World Alliance for Patient Safety 2008
Overseas Visiting Surgical Teams RCS 2001
Morbidity and Mortality Conference Manual Imperial College London and Oregon Health and Science University 2012

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