The practice of using inter-professional teams in delivering care is not a new concept but there is now there is current healthcare policy in place that healthcare professionals should work within a multidisciplinary team Department of Health (2001b) and requirement of the NMC (2008). The emphasis of this essay is to discuss the importance of inter-professional in delivering effective health care and what challenges and constraints exist. The integration of a case study will provide an insight into inter-professional collaboration in practice.
Through constant development, each professional within the National Health Service has become highly specialised in their own fields but one professional alone cannot deliverer a complete package of care. This illustrates the importance of using inter-professional collaboration in delivering health care. This importance is further highlighted due to treating the illness alone whilst ignoring sociological and psychological requirements on an individual is no longer acceptable. This was the view of Kenny (2002) that at the core of healthcare is an agreement amongst all the health professionals enabling them to evolve as the patient health requirements become more challenging but there are hurdles for these coalitions to be effective, one of which is the variation in culture of health divisions. Physicians ignore the mundane problems of patients, and if they feel undervalued they do not fully participate with a multidisciplinary team (Hall 2005).
If any one member feels they are not an appreciated part of the team or if one member of the team believes that their input is more important friction occurs and resentment within the team and the loss of trust. Castle (2005) stated that the importance of the basic aspects of nursing care was being undermined by other health care professionals. Although this might be true, members of the team must concurrently recognise the value that their individual contribution holds (Mickan et al 2000) a view supported by Caldwell and Atwal (2003).This will only occur if team members constantly update their knowledge so they can appreciate the importance of other members input.
Multidisciplinary team healthcare delivers a holistic patient treatment package that keeps fragmentation to a minimum. It is as Salas et al (2003) states synchronization between skills that provides seamless treatment of high quality, resulting in a reduction in stress to the patient and decreasing the recovery period. This view is supported by both Duggan et al (2003) and Mumford et al (1982) who concluded that decreasing anxiety of patients’ aids in the recovery from operations. In real terms this will decrease the number of hospital admissions/appointment required, save money and maximise the use of the National Health Service’s resources enabling more patients to receive vital treatment (quote).This seamless administration of effective...