ophthalmologist should understand his role as the leader of a clinical team,
involving nursing, paramedical and other workers involved in the clinical
management of a patient under his care. He or she should acknowledge his part
in multidisciplinary medical management, and be aware of and sensitive to the
priorities of sometimes conflicting management strategies in the treatment of
patients with multisystem disease.
·What are the responsibilities of a clinical team leader?
·What are my responsibilities as patient advocate in relation to the
·How do I ensure the cohesion and efficient functioning of the team?
·In particular, how can I encourage good team dynamics, especially
ensuring that all members contribute, and build and maintain good relationships
within the team?
·How can I demonstrate that I am ready to take on a leadership role
within the team?
·As the leader, how can I ensure that I am accessible to team members?
·How do I identify and remedy breakdowns in team effectiveness
sensitively and assertively? Especially in regard to unprofessional behaviour,
bullying and/or harassment, and conflict management.
·Am I aware of national and local regulations and protocols that govern
our action in the health service, not just as an individual but within a team?
·How can I actively promote professional activities and values?
·In what circumstances should I accept that the team has different
opinions to mine and what attitude should I take on such occasions?
·How can I appropriately praise staff when they do well?
·How can I best identify when other team members are struggling or
failing, or under stress (e.g. with patients receiving bad news), and how can I
best support them?
·How can I encourage a whole-team approach to patient safety?
·How do I ensure that new staff are properly inducted and that no-one
practices beyond their capabilities?
·Explore leadership styles and prejudices with colleagues and trainers
in a peer-learning environment, and discuss these where relevant in CbD.
·Seek opportunities to act in a leadership role under the supervision
of more senior colleagues e.g. running a theatre list, chairing a meeting, organising
a teaching session
·Reviewing or introducing a change in practice in your team/unit
·Where appropriate, get feedback using the North Western Deanery Learning
Development Tool (LDT)
·Read up from the study resources below.
·Executive summary of the Francis report http://www.midstaffspublicinquiry.com/
·Case Based Discussion