In many healthcare settings pharmacists are welcome members of multidisciplinary teams (MDTs). These are the teams, led by a Consultant that care for patients in hospital and consist of multiple healthcare professionals, such as nurses, physiotherapists, dieticians and pharmacists. In addition to MDTs, pharmacists also find themselves on committees comprising of various healthcare professionals such as the hospital Drug and therapeutics committee, antimicrobial committee or cancer committee. To be an effective member of a MDT or Hospital committee requires specific skills, good preparation and confidence all of which will be discussed in this seminar together with examples from practice.
After the session, the participant should be able to: • indicate how to be an effective member of a MDT; • restate the key elements to be prepared for a committee meeting; and, • outline the importance of building confidence and professional self-esteem.