Effective teamworking in gastroenterology
- Correspondence to Dr A Haycock, Wolfson Unit for Endoscopy, St Mark's Hospital, Watford Road, Harrow, Middlesex HA1 3UJ, UK;
Contributors AH and MKM wrote the article, and STG reviewed and edited the article.
- Accepted 31 October 2011
- Published Online First 29 November 2011
The majority of healthcare provision within the NHS is delivered by teams, but most attempts at improving team functioning are limited to promoting working relationships within the team. This contrasts with other high risk industries, where formalised team training is recognised to be of paramount importance in reducing error. Some medical specialities have adapted such training methodologies with the aim of improving productivity and clinical outcomes. There are many teams within gastroenterology that could benefit from such attention. Formal analysis of team objectives and identification of essential task sequences can allow redesign of team organisation and enable structured training to strengthen team cohesion, enhance critical team skills and improve clinical outcomes. The challenge is to change teams of experts into expert teams.
Competing interests None.
Provenance and peer review Commissioned; externally peer reviewed.