Team health and group effectivenes

‘Team health’, ‘group effectiveness’ (Cohen and Bailey, 1997) and ‘collective competence’ (Boreham, 2004) are now recognised as critical to patients’ safety. These three notions highlight the importance of appropriate collaboration, communication and support among healthcare professionals generally, and of appropriate supervision of and learning among novices (Lemieux-Charles and McGuire, 2006). Among these terms, communication is superordinate: collaboration, support, supervision, learning and collective competence are all communication-dependent acts.

Clinicians at St Mary’s Hospital.

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When harm happens – an experiential learning event

The King’s College London Centre for Team-Based Practice and Learning in Health Care and Department of Women & Children’s Health is creating an educational resource to address a vexing shortfall in health care improvement, patient safety and implementation science.

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King’s CAIPE Conference 2020: Reduction of Harm Through Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice

King’s College London and the Centre for the Advancement of Interprofessional Education (CAIPE) host a conference 18-20 June 2020: Reduction of Harm Through Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice.

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Team working in health care

“The primary responsibility for delivering safe and high-quality care rests with the clinical teams that are providing care; trust leaders and national regulators are the second and third lines of defence respectively.” (Ham and Berwick, 2017: 4)

Ham and Berwick charge clinical teams with “the primary responsibility for delivering safe care”. Let’s tease out some implications from this statement.

Midwives and obstetricians take part in a simulation at St Thomas’ Hospital.

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