Anyone who has been part of a team will tell you that teams have their upsides and their downsides.

On the upside is the ‘buzz’ of being part of a group of people, each with their own particular contribution to make, who are focused on achieving a shared goal. On the downside, teams are made up of people, and it might be that we just don’t get on with some of them.

In a sense, that captures the way many people feel about teams – that they are exciting, dynamic things to be involved in, that they pool people’s talents in the pursuit of a common goal, but that being part of a team can be challenging, physically and emotionally.

Modern health care is built on the positives that strong teamwork brings. Health care teams bring together people with different skills, abilities and talents in the pursuit of a common goal – the best possible care and treatment for patients/clients. And very often, you’ll find yourself working across different teams, and maybe even teams within teams – the structure is flexible to make sure patients/clients gets access to all the skills and expertise they need.

Teamworking in a sometimes-stressful specialty like health care can be challenging. But if you can develop the skills and attitudes that underpin strong teamworking – understanding and valuing your role and the roles of other team members, knowing the team’s objectives and playing a positive part in team meetings – you’ll come to recognise the huge benefits teamworking brings not only to the quality of care your patients/client receive, but also to the quality of your experience of working as a health care assistant.

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