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New tool for multidisciplinary cancer teams

Researchers in The Florence Nightingale School of Nursing & Midwifery, working with a consultant urologist, James Green (Green Cross Medical Ltd), and with input from healthcare team expert Dr Nick Sevdalis of Imperial College London, have developed an online assessment and feedback tool, which has been launched by Public Health England.

The tool, called Multidisciplinary Team – Feedback for Improving Teamworking (MDT-FIT), has been developed to enable multidisciplinary teams (MDTs) to self‐assess and improve their teamworking, to deliver more joined-up care for their patients and deliver better patient experiences and outcomes.

While MDT-FIT has been specifically designed to meet the needs of cancer MDTs, the researchers behind the tool believe it has wider applications, across multiple healthcare settings, including long-term conditions, to deliver meaningful improvements to teamworking and patient care.

Dr Cath Taylor, who led on the project at King’s said: ‘Improving patient care through improving teamwork is a key feature of a lot of the successful innovation happening in the NHS today and we know that effective multidisciplinary teamwork is critical to high quality cancer care. 

‘MDT-FIT has been developed not only to allow MDTs to assess how far their team has adopted the characteristics of an effective team, but it also provides a forum through which the strengths of their teamworking can be highlighted, and problems can be openly discussed and addressed. Our research shows that this is leading to direct improvements in teamworking across MDTs.’

For more information on MDT-FIT, visit the NHS webpages