Establishing an Effective Huddle Team

The Benefits of Interprofessional Huddle Teams?

  • An Interprofessional huddle team provides:
    • A patient-centred approach focusing on client goals to enhance and encourage client engagement9
    • Interprofessional collaboration to better patient-level outcomes and improved client safety 2,3,7
    • Holistic, patient-centred care through collaborating resources by combining team members’ skills, experience, and knowledge 2,3,7

How to Facilitate Effective Interprofessional Huddle Teams?

  1. Communication – Establish consistent communication channels, meeting place and time5-8
  2. Organizational Support – Formalize administrative processes to support actions of huddle5,10
  3. Collaboration – Listen and respect the perspective of other professions. Participate in collaborative problem solving using the skills of everyone on the team1,4
  4. Culture Shift – Move away from “silo” thinking to improve collaboration and create a shared vision for each client’s plan of action11
  5. Client Engagement – Determine workflow for a client’s next steps, ensuring the clinical team understands who is performing the next tasks and how the handoff will be handled9,10

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