Social Care Institute for Excellence, August 2018
Report that finds multidisciplinary team (MDTs) are likely to remain an important component of health and social care. It is important that those who create, lead and work in them are aware of both the pitfalls and opportunities of MDTs. The current integrated care developments in England and internationally should provide considerable evidence about their deployment within different populations. Learning from this evidence will enable us to understand when and how MDTs should be used in the future. Key messages are:
- Multidisciplinary teams (MDTs) have been shown to be an effective tool to facilitate collaboration between professionals and hence improve care outcomes.
- Successful working requires at minimum an identified manager or coordinator, regular joint meetings and the effective sharing of electronic records.
- Teams do not necessarily have to be located in the same premises to work successfully.
- Multidisciplinary working can be approached in more than one way as the case studies in this briefing demonstrate.
- The success of the MDT approach is not guaranteed: without strong organisation the impact may be negative rather than positive.
- Ongoing integrated care developments should provide further evidence to enable development of an understanding how MDTs should be used in the future.
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