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Teamworking resources

Further reading and web links

Borgatti S (2004) Manual for Working in Teams

Steve Borgatti is a Professor and Endowed Chair at the University of Kentucky in the Management Department of the Gatton College of Business and Economics. He has written a short and user-friendly guide to working in teams – a must read if you are new to co-ordinating, leading, or managing a team.

Available at: http://www.analytictech.com/mb021/teamhint.htm

Belbin RM (2000b) The Official BELBIN Website

You can find out more about Dr R. Meredith Belbin’s Team Building theory as well as purchase reports for your own team.

Available at: http://www.belbin.com/

National Patient Safety Agency (2008) Resources for Teamwork for Safety

The NPSA have a good resource on Team Self Review. Team Self Review (TSR) provides support for structured briefing and debriefing sessions.  It allows all practitioners in a team to contribute to the development of the team goals and processes and assess all aspects of their team performance. The TSR techniques can be used to assess team tasks in the future, present or past. TSR was originally aimed at surgical teams although the principles can be used with any team.

The material has been produced by the National Patient Safety Agency (NPSA) in conjunction
with QinetiQ and the Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust (RCHT).

Available at: http://www.npsa.nhs.uk/nrls/improvingpatientsafety/humanfactors/teamworking/ (to access it simply scroll down to the bottom of the page until you see a table and click Next  until it appears on the menu).

Teamwork issues such as motivation

Readers could explore this web site to see what team working issues are available:


A number of universities have produced very good videos about team work in health care and we recommend that you watch these if possible:

Inter-Professional Team Work, University of Leicester

Working As A Team, Interprofessional Problem Solving, Canada

Health Care Team Challenge, The University of Queensland

Team work in Healthcare

This Canadian film from 2007 provides a useful insight into team work in healthcare, based upon a multidisciplinary approach to care for patients who have suffered a stroke.

  • What does the film suggest are the benefits of team work?
  • What skills does the film advocate health care professional need to be effective team members?
  • What does the film tell us about evidence based practice related to team working?

Capturing the Cultural Shift

A film called ‘Capturing the Cultural Shift’ which provides information on Canadian developments in healthcare team-work.
It includes examples of patient care such as ensuring nutrition and hydration are maintained and the importance of having a ‘patient centered’ approach.

  • What links can you see between team working and the other themes and chapters of the book?

An Interprofessional Model of Patient Care

This film entitled ‘An Interprofessional Model of Patient Care’ is presented by Ginette Lemire Rodger who is described as committed to advancing the nursing profession and the quality of health care and is one of the most influential voices of her profession. Her dynamic leadership in organizations such as the Canadian Nurses Association and the International Council of Nurses has provided her colleagues with a strong voice on health care policy and has influenced nursing practices in Canada and abroad. Currently senior vice-president of professional practice and chief nursing executive at the Ottawa Hospital, she initiated a national model of nursing recognized for its innovative approach to patient care. Truly an ambassador for Canadian nursing, she continues to serve as a role model and mentor.

  • Identify 5 key points you feel this film provides about team working for nurses.