People with long-term conditions and complex health needs require a wide range of professional health and social care. Organising and arranging these individually would be vastly time consuming and fairly difficult to co-ordinate. Multidisciplinary teams (MDTs) bring this all together, enabling the different skills and professionals to jointly assess, plan and manage care.
The components of an MDT depend on the individual case. They may include GPs, specialists, nurses, physiotherapists, social workers, occupational therapists and case workers, as well as pharmacists, other therapists and community support services.
Some of the benefits of MDTs:
Multidisciplinary teams are effective for any people with complex care needs and long-term conditions, including the elderly, children and those with mental health problems. This is because the care given manages every aspect of the person’s demands, be that physical, emotional or social.
Many reviews and case studies on the efficacy of MDTs shows they can have a positive impact, including improved satisfaction and better treatment planning for the person concerned and increased job satisfaction for MDT members. It remains vital, though, that the teams are carefully assembled with the right professionals and practitioners per case, and that they are well organised in order to have a positive impact.