Collaborative Working

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PLO400 Foundations of Learning and Collaborative Working

“Discuss the concept of collaborative working within your professional area” To be able to understand the rationale, the different factors influencing the outcome of collaborative working and how this can be applied to Perioperative practice, it is important to have a sound understanding of the concept “Collaborative Working.” This concept has many terminological variations, one of the more frequently
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A recent news report by Hughes (2011) titled “Emergency surgery patients’ lives at risk, say surgeons” is one of the many examples of negative media that is putting more pressure on healthcare professionals to work more collaboratively. On the other hand, many of the public viewers do not see the bias in the majority of these news reports and many examples of good collaboration is missed.
Resulting from the rationale behind why people work together it is important to understand the ways in which people do work together. Safe Surgery Saves Lives was an initiative that arose in 2006 by the World Health Organization and in 2008 a Surgical Safety Checklist was released globally. Research proved that “postoperative complication rates fell by 36% on average” and the checklist has also “improved communication among the surgical teams.” (Haynes, B.A et al, 2009, Pg: 496)
Many trusts also have a theatre list policy and this ensures that staff are working collaboratively to ensure the lists are correct, accurate and the most important procedures have been prioritised. The idea differentiates among the trusts, but is most commonly referred to as a “Group hug.” This is carried out each morning before any surgical procedures commence and it is a chance for staff to collaborate and share any ideas or concerns over that day’s list.
A big part of collaborative work, especially in peri-operative care, is about
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