|Interdisciplinary and inter-professional practice and training in a hospital trauma team|
|Friday, 29 February 2008|
Trauma treatment requires the facility to work fluently and consistently in complex interprofessional teams in stressful circumstances. This study sets out to develop a preliminary analytical description of this teamwork and to begin to develop a framework for the analysis and evaluation of a pilot inter-professional training programme. Data will be collected in the form of workplace observation (including observation of pilot workplace based interprofessional training) and interviews with key participants. The outcomes will inform the design of subsequent training and will provide the basis for subsequent collaborative research bids. The study builds on a partnership formed in the WLE funded Medical Educators Network.
Trauma teams draw on a range of staff at different levels within the hospital (including ancillary staff, nurses, pharmacists, doctors, surgeons and consultants) and with different areas of expertise and specialism. Members of staff are involved in different stages of the passage of patients through the hospital, in different configurations and in different sites within the hospital. Some members of staff (like those who work in the resuscitation room, intensive care and on the trauma ward) have a close and ongoing involvement in trauma work. Others (such as specialist surgeons and consultants) become involved on an as need basis.