What is teamwork?


  • Develop a better understanding of Teamwork and how to assess performance through debriefing.

  • Analyse your own Followership practice and evaluate other's practice.

Estimated time to complete: 60 minutes

Throughout these bite-sized lessons we cannot hope to cover all of the content needed in the depth desired by all readers. The intention is to cover some core principles and flag key papers which can be used as springboards for your personal development.

Next steps:

Well, that depends on who you ask and the context which you're looking at it from.

Key points to look for when debriefing include:

  • Was there evidence of a cohesive teamwork?

  • Did participants respect the leaders authority?

  • Were they responsive to requests?

  • Was there evidence of anticipation of the leaders needs?

  • Did anyone challenge the leaders ability to lead?

  • What would make the scenario run smoother next time?

Followership & Leadership styles are their own unique principles.

To find out more consider reading this article.

further learning

Consider reading this article from the WHO on "Being an effective team player".

This article by Freytag et al in BMJ Open covers how to discuss teamwork specifically in debriefing.

A significant challenge in healthcare relates to many teams being unstable. The impact of this is discussed further in this article around "Fluid Teams" by Bushe & Chu.

Alternatively, another great read is this article discussing various components of teamwork in depth.

If you want to incorporate some teamwork drills into your simulation training a list is available in this article. - DEVELOP COALITIONS - Module 2 – Applying Teamwork Concepts to Develop Coalitions -

There are several assessment tools which can be used during scenarios to assess teamwork and inform the debriefing discussion - a review of some of these can be found here.

See one paper below and its connected articles for a wider review of the literature:

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