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date: 23 October 2019

The importance of teamworking has been long established in healthcare, with nurses working both as part of a nursing team and as members of the wider multidisciplinary team. The effective organization and delivery of healthcare services depends upon a wide range of health professionals, patients, families, and carers working together to achieve the best health outcomes and quality of life. Whether healthcare is necessary for an acute illness episode, helping someone with a long-term health condition achieve an acceptable level of function, or supporting a person who is dying, placing people at the centre of care decisions demands effective teamworking. Understanding the nature and characteristics of teams can help nurses to work effectively and uphold professional caring values when working with people in any healthcare setting. This chapter outlines the key definitions and characteristics of teamworking.

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