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October 27, in Pay and conditions How to work in multi-professional teams Like families, multi-disciplinary teams can work brilliantly together — or be totally dysfunctional.
But multi-professional teams are a fact of life in social work, with integration between professions set to get ever closer.
So how can teams work together efficiently? Define roles and boundaries Members of a multi-professional team including social workers, nurses, psychiatrists, and teachers will have different training, ways of working and culture. Social care, health and education are all sectors which have undergone huge change, restructuring and reorganisation.
Evolving roles and boundaries consequently affect how professionals work together and can cause confusion. Everyone needs clarity on their own role and to be clear about what other team members do. Be aware of power dynamics Asserting your professional identity over colleagues can be threatening and excluding and this needs to be addressed.
Who has the most power within multi-disciplinary teams? Lone social workers in palliative care teams can feel marginalised because they work in medical settings hospices and hospitals. Are certain team members competing for control? Do some have more status than others?
Do staff in multi-professional teams share a common language? Social work, health, and education all have their own jargon, which can be alienating. Taking decisions How are decisions made in teams?
Who has overall responsibility?
Does everyone want responsibility? Emotions and egos should not get in the way during meetings and discussions. Any action to be taken should be a shared vision owned by all team members. Social workers in a multi-professional team can have different loyalties and priorities to colleagues and varying views on appropriate care.
Service users can manipulate professionals and play off one against each other. Demanding service users can expose flaws in the way professionals work together. Input from service users Professionals might like to consider whether the service user should be considered a member of the multi-disciplinary team.Working in groups and teams Introduction.
Being able to work with people so that the right things happen is a core management skill. Managing people effectively perhaps demands most of managers when individuals come together to work in a group or in a team, which requires leadership as well as facilitating and overseeing group and team working, and managing conflict.
Working as a team allows team members to take more risks, as they have the support of the entire group to fall back on in case of failure. Conversely, sharing success as a team is a bonding experience.
Virtual work teams bring on a new method of connection and work that has as its biggest challenge the humanizing of the virtual medium and contributing positively to work alternatives. Differences are inevitable when passionate people work together. Eventually, after a team gets through an initial orientation with a new task, members usually come to the realization that working together to accomplish a common goal is tough work.
Teams can achieve so much and this is the reason so much time and effort is spent on building teams and developing teams. Surf the net and type in “team building” on a search engine like Google and you’ll get 33,, results – the majority of which will be trying to sell you team building events.
The principle of working together with your team should underpin how you operate. Managing people doesn't just mean acting as overseer, to see that they get their work done satisfactorily. It means involving people throughout the team in a creative role, to .