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Dealing with a colleague who's holding back your team

Medical settings are fast-paced and busy, so if someone is not pulling their weight, it can have a big effect on the rest of the team and the quality of care being given. What if it is one of your colleagues who is not fulfilling their duties or performing to the required standard?
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Medical settings are fast-paced and busy, so if someone is not pulling their weight, it can have a big effect on the rest of the team and the quality of care being given. What if it is one of your colleagues who is not fulfilling their duties or performing to the required standard?

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‘The first step in dealing with this kind of situation should be to speak to the colleague directly,’ says Nick Simpson, CEO of health recruiter MSI Group. ‘There is a fine balance between working quickly and working safely and you may find that a colleague is being particularly diligent with tasks they are less familiar with.’

Michelle Brown, discipline lead for healthcare practice at the University of Derby’s Chesterfield campus, urges a cautious approach. ‘Ensure you’re not being too harsh or judgemental,’ she says. ‘If you still feel

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