Learning to work together
- By: Marilyn Hammick
Alan Bennett, eavesdropping on two northern women, captures the results of a team not working together.1 It could have happened anywhere. Many of us have found that the theoretical elements of interprofessional collaboration are often not achieved in practice.2 Enhanced collaboration needs to be meaningful and effective for patients and their carers.3 Effective teamwork that puts patients' needs at the centre of the care delivered is an essential constituent of future health and social care services.45 It needs investment before it can change practice, enhance services, and impact on patient and client care.
Many diverse professions propose shared education for practitioners. This allows opportunities to learn together about cultivating collaborative practice or interprofessional education.67 This means notsimply learning together but specifically learning ways to promote teamwork and make the changes needed in professional care. Predictions from the United States and elsewhere are that interprofessional education will become integral to health