Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT) working

This information is aimed at professionals supporting stroke survivors and their families.

Multi-disciplinary and multi-agency working involves appropriately utilising knowledge, skills and best practice from multiple disciplines and across service provider boundaries to redefine, re-scope and reframe health and social care delivery issues, and to reach solutions based on an improved collective understanding of complex patient need(s) (NHS England 2015). You can find out more here.

The Royal College of Physicans National Clinical Guideline for Stroke (2016) recommends that stroke units should have “a co-ordinated multi-disciplinary team that meets at least once a week for the exchange of information about in-patients with stroke”.

It also says that “a stroke rehabilitation unit should have a single MDT that includes the following specialists in medicine, nursing, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech and language therapy, dietetics, clinical neuropsychology/clinical psychology; social work and orthoptics”.

You may be interested in a paper by Professor Sarah Tyson on the topic.

In early 2019, we scoped the MDT team working in our stroke unit and community teams to identify areas of best practice and where improvements could be made.

You can read the report and download exemplar documents to support the process in our Resources section but you will need to beĀ  registered on our website (top right) and logged in to gain access.