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Book Review Managing Multidisciplinary Teams

Book Review Managing Multidisciplinary Teams Book Review Managing Multi-Disciplinary Teams in the NHS By Paul Gorman Health Care Management (1998) aul Gorman’s book, Managing identified as an important trait for managers in the Multi-Disciplinary Teams in the NHS, is part of a series public sector, even more so is the highlighting of of books published by Health Care Management NHS perspectives such as tribalism and aimed at first-time managers and in particular those professionalism. who are managing clinical teams. The book is For managers of mental health services, either welcome for its NHS focus and for acknowledging in-patient units or community mental health teams, the complex working environment of both the public the weakness of the book is in its generalisation. sector and the multi-disciplinary team (MDT). In particular, the short chapter on multi-agency As a useful introduction to new and aspiring working fails to address fully the challenges of MDT managers the helpful and practical check/ managing mental health multi-disciplinary teams. action lists suggest that this could be a handy In the context of the development of health and reference book to have in the desk draw when social care communities the necessity of collaborative life feels difficult. The book further provides an and partnership working with a wide range of overview of multi-disciplinary working, leadership agencies and individuals is a given. The book does and management and areas of particular concern not acknowledge that the skills required for this to MDT managers such as determining roles and often contradict the more traditional, hierarchical responsibilities, communication and multi-agency management responses that prevail today. working. Having said this, it is refreshing to read a book Each chapter is well constructed and a summary that is NHS-specific and which encapsulates the is provided at the beginning and at the end of the many ambiguities that are inherent in managing more detailed discussion. The diagnostic tool, in multi-disciplinary teams. The book is ultimately the form of key questions, facilitates a direct level of optimistic in that it postulates a number of responses engagement with the narrative in terms of reflecting to difficult situations. First-time managers will find the reader’s experience of managing MDTs. much of this book useful and may be encouraged The chapters on management, leadership and to explore many of the interesting themes and communication are particularly helpful in that they perspectives highlighted in greater depth. identify the key attributes an MDT manager needs to be successful. It is unusual for leadership to be Kathryn Hill, Service Development Consultant CMHSD The Mental Health Review Volume 5 Issue 1 March 2000 © Pavilion Publishing (Brighton) 2000 27 http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Mental Health Review Journal Emerald Publishing

Book Review Managing Multidisciplinary Teams

Mental Health Review Journal , Volume 5 (1): 1 – Mar 1, 2000

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Book Review Managing Multi-Disciplinary Teams in the NHS By Paul Gorman Health Care Management (1998) aul Gorman’s book, Managing identified as an important trait for managers in the Multi-Disciplinary Teams in the NHS, is part of a series public sector, even more so is the highlighting of of books published by Health Care Management NHS perspectives such as tribalism and aimed at first-time managers and in particular those professionalism. who are managing clinical teams. The book is For managers of mental health services, either welcome for its NHS focus and for acknowledging in-patient units or community mental health teams, the complex working environment of both the public the weakness of the book is in its generalisation. sector and the multi-disciplinary team (MDT). In particular, the short chapter on multi-agency As a useful introduction to new and aspiring working fails to address fully the challenges of MDT managers the helpful and practical check/ managing mental health multi-disciplinary teams. action lists suggest that this could be a handy In the context of the development of health and reference book to have in the desk draw when social care communities the necessity of collaborative life feels difficult. The book further provides an and partnership working with a wide range of overview of multi-disciplinary working, leadership agencies and individuals is a given. The book does and management and areas of particular concern not acknowledge that the skills required for this to MDT managers such as determining roles and often contradict the more traditional, hierarchical responsibilities, communication and multi-agency management responses that prevail today. working. Having said this, it is refreshing to read a book Each chapter is well constructed and a summary that is NHS-specific and which encapsulates the is provided at the beginning and at the end of the many ambiguities that are inherent in managing more detailed discussion. The diagnostic tool, in multi-disciplinary teams. The book is ultimately the form of key questions, facilitates a direct level of optimistic in that it postulates a number of responses engagement with the narrative in terms of reflecting to difficult situations. First-time managers will find the reader’s experience of managing MDTs. much of this book useful and may be encouraged The chapters on management, leadership and to explore many of the interesting themes and communication are particularly helpful in that they perspectives highlighted in greater depth. identify the key attributes an MDT manager needs to be successful. It is unusual for leadership to be Kathryn Hill, Service Development Consultant CMHSD The Mental Health Review Volume 5 Issue 1 March 2000 © Pavilion Publishing (Brighton) 2000 27

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Mental Health Review JournalEmerald Publishing

Published: Mar 1, 2000

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