Inter-professional education and training is recommended as a way of improving teamworking by fostering a better understanding of roles between team members, breaking down professional barriers and improving collaboration and communication. This is particularly relevant on the labour ward where the safe care of mothers and babies requires individuals from different professional groups to work together, often very quickly when faced with an emergency situation. The typical labour ward team will include obstetricians, anaesthetists and neonatologists, midwives and neonatal nurses, together with allied workers such as healthcare assistants and porters.
Emergency skills and drills training, involving the multiprofessional team, is established as an effective way to improve teamworking, by allowing the ‘rehearsal’ of emergency scenarios.
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