Optimising the role and value of the interdisciplinary team: providing person-centred end of life care

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NHS National End of Life Care Programme
NHS National End of Life Care Programme
Date of publication
19 March 2013
Health Services
Social welfare
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This guide aims to support people working as part of – or alongside – an interdisciplinary team in end of life care. It has been developed with the involvement of a range of individuals and carers with experience of end of life care and of health and social care professionals, via a series of stakeholder events and consultations. The interdisciplinary team (IDT), sometimes known as inter-professional team or multidisciplinary team, is recognised as a highly effective model of delivering the kind of integrated holistic care that individuals and their carers/families need at the end of life. The teams come in many forms. They may be based within specialist or community settings or may span both. They frequently involve a wide range of professionals, each bringing specialist as well as generalist skills and expertise. Whether the team is formally convened or an ad hoc group supporting an individual, some core principles and systems for effective team working apply. This guide aims to offer a practical tool for all those involved in providing end of life care through IDTs, in particular professionals who may be part of the team and those managing or co-ordinating IDTs at end of life.