In health and social care effective teams can reduce mortality, and improve staff morale and staff retention.
But first, management and staff must understand what a 'real' team looks like:
- Clear purpose and objectives
- Members that work closely together
- Meets regularly to review effectiveness
As health & social care integration brings different services together, new multi-disciplinary teams will evolve and must learn to work together effectively. Patient safety, staff morale and cost efficiency rely on teams working well together, but understanding the practicalities of good teamwork can be a challenge.
The Teams That Care Game makes learning about teams simple, non-threatening and engaging. The game encourages structured discussions enabling teams to explore what makes high performing teams tick, and the practical steps they can take to work together more effectively.
Teams That Care helps existing teams improve their processes and culture, and new teams will find it a useful and enjoyable way to explore collaborative working to provide effective person-centred care.
The game is suitable for all health & social care staff in any setting. It provides a platform for open discussions in relation to players' own working teams, helping them move from simply being a functioning team towards becoming a 'real' high-performing, successful team.
The Teams That Care Game was developed in collaboration with a group of Allied Health Professionals from NHS Lothian. They took part in NHS Lothian’s “Delivering Leadership Excellence for AHPs” programme, where they identified a need for an engaging and flexible toolkit which would help new and existing teams work better together.
Their idea progressed to revolve around a central board game activity, with supporting resources to improve team effectiveness. Following funding from the Scottish Government, Focus Games & NHS Lothian created the Teams That Care Game, designed to help not only AHPs but all health & social care staff, to improve team effectiveness, across a variety of disciplines, grades and health & social care settings.
“We use the Teams That Care Game as part of a programme to help frontline teams improve performance. I love the dynamic that the game generates and the conversations it encourages are very productive. After a game is played we work with teams to develop a team vision and action plan that reflects the issues discussed during the game. Because these plans are co-created and not imposed there is a real sense of commitment.”
“Teams that Care is a great resource for any group working together in the health and social care sector. With the working day being so pressurised, the game can be used for a quick half hour conversation on 1 topic or as part of an away day to facilitate wider discussion.”
“Great team building exercise, non-threatening and a fun and flexible way to learn… While there were right answers, the game is set up to ensure all views and opinions are valued and as an outcome, a shared action plan is agreed. Highly recommend giving it a go.”