Interdisciplinary working in neonatal palliative care

Patricia McNeilly, Jacqueline Johnstone, Frances Gilmore

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Interdisciplinary working is a fundamental part of neonatal palliative care. The complex needs of the baby and the unpredictable duration of lifespan means that there is no one set route to providing high-quality care. Successful team working is important not only to ensure the delivery of high-quality care for the baby and family but also to provide mutual support within the health and social care team in what is a particularly challenging area of practice for all concerned. The nature and dynamics of the team, the role of conflict and the importance of good leadership are explored in this chapter along with the use of care coordination schemes such as key working and care pathways. Finally, the challenges of team working are discussed and a framework is presented that may be used to assess the effectiveness of the neonatal palliative care team and identify challenges and issues that may need to be addressed. More research needs to be done in this area, specifically to highlight aspects and models of good practice and explore parents’ experiences of the interdisciplinary neonatal team.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNeonatal Palliative care for Nurses
EditorsAlexandra Mancini, Jayne Price, Tara Kerr-Elliott
PublisherSpringer International Publishing Switzerland
ISBN (Electronic)9783030318772
ISBN (Print)9783030318765
Publication statusPublished - 22 Jan 2020


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