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Crossing boundaries, re-defining care: the Critical Care Outreach team

Crossing boundaries, re-defining care: the Critical Care Outreach team
Crossing boundaries, re-defining care: the Critical Care Outreach team
• There is clear indication that both government and professional policy in the United Kingdom supports a radical change in the role of healthcare practitioners, with a move towards a patient-focused service delivered by clinical teams working effectively together.
• Recent health service imperatives driving the agenda for flexible clinical teams have occurred simultaneously with an increased public and political awareness of deficits in availability of critical care services.
• Against this policy backdrop, working across professional and organizational boundaries is fundamental to supporting quality service improvements. In the acute care sector, the development of critical care outreach teams is an innovation that seeks to challenge the traditional support available for sick ward patients.
• Activity data and observations from the first 6-month evaluation of two critical care outreach teams identify the need for clinical support and education offered by critical care practitioners to ward-based teams.
• The experiences from such flexible clinical teams provides a foundation from which to explore key issues for intradisciplinary and interdisciplinary working across clinical areas and organizational boundaries.
• Adopting innovative approaches to care delivery, such as critical care outreach teams, can enable clinical teams and NHS trusts to work together to improve the quality of care for acutely ill patients, support clinical practitioners working with this client group, and develop proactive service planning.
critical care outreach teams, critical care without walls, crossing traditional boundaries, flexible clinical teams, new ways of working
0962-1067
387-393
Coombs, M.A.
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Dillon, C.A.
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Coombs, M.A.
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Dillon, C.A.
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Coombs, M.A. and Dillon, C.A. (2002) Crossing boundaries, re-defining care: the Critical Care Outreach team. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 11 (3), 387-393. (doi:10.1046/j.1365-2702.2002.00625.x).

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Abstract

• There is clear indication that both government and professional policy in the United Kingdom supports a radical change in the role of healthcare practitioners, with a move towards a patient-focused service delivered by clinical teams working effectively together.
• Recent health service imperatives driving the agenda for flexible clinical teams have occurred simultaneously with an increased public and political awareness of deficits in availability of critical care services.
• Against this policy backdrop, working across professional and organizational boundaries is fundamental to supporting quality service improvements. In the acute care sector, the development of critical care outreach teams is an innovation that seeks to challenge the traditional support available for sick ward patients.
• Activity data and observations from the first 6-month evaluation of two critical care outreach teams identify the need for clinical support and education offered by critical care practitioners to ward-based teams.
• The experiences from such flexible clinical teams provides a foundation from which to explore key issues for intradisciplinary and interdisciplinary working across clinical areas and organizational boundaries.
• Adopting innovative approaches to care delivery, such as critical care outreach teams, can enable clinical teams and NHS trusts to work together to improve the quality of care for acutely ill patients, support clinical practitioners working with this client group, and develop proactive service planning.

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Published date: May 2002
Keywords: critical care outreach teams, critical care without walls, crossing traditional boundaries, flexible clinical teams, new ways of working

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Local EPrints ID: 9425
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/9425
ISSN: 0962-1067
PURE UUID: 67171747-b5df-47aa-a066-acca26aa0711

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Date deposited: 06 Oct 2004
Last modified: 15 Jul 2019 19:37

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