Frequently Asked Questions > Team Leadership


QUESTION — TEAM LEADERSHIP

Does an interprofessional team need a team leader?

RESPONSE

A team leader, or coordinator, or facilitator can play an important role in the coordination of care to ensure that the patient/client is kept appropriately informed, that the treatment plan is executed by the right people with appropriate continuity and with as little waste as possible.  Ensuring this type of coordination will greatly reduce the risk to the patient/client. 

The Team Workplan tool that is part of this eTool does not require that all teams appoint a team leader but team functioning can be enhanced when an individual is responsible to ensure that the questions identified have been appropriately answered at each of the milestones or decision-making points along the patient’s/clilent's care journey. What is critical is that no aspect of patient/client care is overlooked because of the team structure.

Some key factors to remember when considering team leadership:

  • the leader/coordinator/facilitator may have a lead role in communications rather than clinical decision-making
  • establishing clear expectations of the role will be important
  • the leader/coordinator/facilitator does not need to come from any particular profession
  • the leader/coordinator/facilitator may change during the course of the patient/client care journey.  These changes might best take place at the milestones identified through use of the tool in this toolkit.

When a new individual assumes these responsibilities, it is important to review and ensure that all of the important expectations and questions identified in the tool have been answered

Collaborative leadership is identified as one of the six competency domains in A National Interprofessional Competency Framework, Canadian Interprofessional Health Collaborative, February 2010.

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A National Interprofessional Competency Framework, Canadian Interprofessional Health Collaborative, February 2010

CPSI Canadian Framework for Teamwork and Communication

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