Interdisciplinary Team or IDT - what does this mean?
IDT is a term you will hear all the time within the world of rehabilitation and assessment.
We use it frequently and often don’t stop to think that we might be the only people who know what it means!
Interdisciplinary means simply a number of disciplines working closely together, which in our field are:
· Physiotherapists (PT)
· Occupational Therapists (OT)
· Speech Language Therapists (SLT)
· Clinical Psychologists
· Registered Nurses (RN)
· Social Workers
· Rehab Coaches
Laura Fergusson Brain Injury Trust has an extensive team of employed SLTs, OTs, PTs, Nurses, Social Workers, Rehabilitation Coaches and Clinical Psychologists. We also contract Dietitians and Rehab Consultants when required for a programme.
We are fortunate enough to all work closely together in one location, which enables great communication and collaboration. We have a number of very experienced long-term team members who have been working in a true Interdisciplinary manner for several years.
A high-functioning interdisciplinary team (IDT) is one that collaborates effectively to achieve common goals and objectives for our clients/kiritaki.
Such a team typically demonstrates the following characteristics:
Clear Goals and Objectives: A high-functioning IDT has a clear understanding of its goals and objectives, and all team members are aligned with these objectives.
Open Communication: Effective communication is key to a high-functioning IDT. The team members should communicate openly and transparently with each other, sharing information and feedback to achieve better outcomes. We do this in person and by using technology and up-to-date, safe and secure IT systems.
Mutual Respect: A high-functioning IDT values the contributions of each team member and recognises their unique expertise and perspectives. This mutual respect creates a culture of trust and encourages collaboration.
Flexibility: A high-functioning IDT is adaptable and flexible. The team members are willing to adjust their plans and approaches as needed to address changing circumstances.
Active Participation: All team members actively participate in the IDT's activities and decision-making processes. This includes attending meetings, contributing to discussions, and taking responsibility for their assigned tasks.
Effective Problem-Solving: A high-functioning IDT is skilled at problem-solving. The team members work collaboratively to identify challenges, brainstorm solutions, and implement effective strategies to achieve their objectives.
Continuous Learning: A high-functioning IDT recognizes the importance of continuous learning and development. The team members seek out opportunities to enhance their skills and knowledge, staying up-to-date with best practices and emerging trends.
Overall, a high-functioning IDT is one that works collaboratively to achieve shared goals, communicates openly and respectfully, is adaptable and flexible, actively participates in decision-making, effectively solves problems, and continuously learns and grows.