Team care is an interprofessional, structured, and personalized program designed to assist patients in working with the right health care professionals who then coordinate their expertise to help the patient optimize their health. High functioning teams have been linked to increases in efficiency, improved quality of care, positive patient outcomes and experiences and decreases in workloads and clinician burnout as well as turnover.
The Specialists Team Care Collaborative (STCC) strives to create a network of community specialists, which collaborate and innovate across and within specialties, and with other health professionals, to offer high quality and timely specialist care.
Sizing It Up
Specialist led teams will be supported to implement a team care model through interactive, multidisciplinary learning sessions and action periods that will empower the specialist and team to continue well beyond the life of the Collaborative.
Things to Know
The following principles help guide the Collaborative to ensure it meets the needs of specialists.
1. Physician Autonomy
The specialist(s) are free to determine how team care is implemented into their practices by selecting and implementing the model that best suits the needs of the patients and care providers.
Operational costs are based on current MSP funding models. APP physicians who are practicing outside of Health Authority facilities are strongly encouraged to consider the valuable role of teams in developing future APP contracts.
Models of specialist team care should be open to any interested specialist who practices in the community and be openly shared such that other interested specialists and stakeholders can learn and take part in best practices and innovations.
4. Team Collaboration
The team is physician led, with input from all team members so that each care provider can work up to their full scope of practice.
Each team is respectful, transparent, and inclusive among all team members to create an environment of psychological safety.