The purpose, and running the Multi-disciplinary meeting (MDT)

The Multi-Disciplinary Team Meeting (MDT) is a monthly meeting that brings together staff with the necessary knowledge, skills and experience to ensure a high quality service is delivered to patient’s designated as high risk and very high risk of unscheduled emergency admission into Acute care plus, other patients who clinicians feel would value a MDT discussion. The proposed membership of the Health and Social Care MDT meeting will include staff from the London Borough of Newham, East London Foundation Trust, Newham University Hospital (Bart’s Health Trust) and Newham General Practitioners (GP) and Practice Nurses. The NHC Co-Ordinator of the MDT will record the actions from the members and will also document the impact and outcomes of these actions, which will always take account of the views, preferences and circumstances of patients and their carers.

NHC’s team of MDT Coordinators support practices to administer the running, coordination and organisation of the monthly MDT Meetings. This includes capturing performance monitoring information about each MDT Meeting in order to maintain a high quality service provided to each member practice.

 

If you have any queries regarding the Integrated Health and Social Care Multidisciplinary Team Meetings, please contact nhc@nhs.net

 

The aim of the MDT meeting is to:

  • Ensure the patient and their needs are always at the centre of the discussions.
  • Ensure a seamless pathway of care, support and/or treatment for patients and their carers where appropriate focusing on continuity of care wherever possible.
  • Improve communication and liaison between different practitioners and services, internally and externally, to ensure effective clinical / care decision-making which are patient centred and evidence-based (in line with standards and NICE guidelines).
  • Improve the journey and experience for the patient by considering a range of interventions and facilitate care coordination across a range of service providers as appropriate.
  • To reduce preventable hospital admissions and reduce clinical delays/duplication across pathways.
  • To provide clinical/practice supervision for all cases supported within the service.
  • To ensure that safeguarding is routinely discussed and concerns escalated and followed through.
  • Peer supervision is available when practitioners need to bring cases requiring guidance.
  • Contribute to the professional development of all MDT members by sharing skills, knowledge, and expertise and by involving wider services e.g. Community Prescription.
  • To drive improved commissioning by learning from the improvements        and efficiencies achieved by working jointly as health, social care and        voluntary sector practitioners.