Interagency teamwork is the collaboration between multiple agencies on one project. Many terms can describe different agencies working together. Some terms include interdisciplinary, multidisciplinary, and multi-agency. The need for interagency cooperation is becoming more important for many reasons. Some reasons include the increased specialization of services that require various skills that a single agency cannot provide.
Ten principles of good interdisciplinary collaboration is research by Human Resources for Health (Nancarrow, Booth, Ariss, Smith, & Roots, 2013). The purpose of the research is to find effective ways for interdisciplinary teamwork in the health sector. The study concluded that ten characteristics are necessary for effective interagency teamwork.
A leader for the team: A leader must be chosen to manage and supervise the team to make sure the team is going in the right direction.
Directional Values: Clearly set values should be implanted and regularly reviewed by the team.
Team culture and trust: To help foster consensus and appreciation for contribution.
Appropriate Process and infrastructure: Examples include communication and referral criteria.
Patient-focus services: Documented services and outcomes to improve the quality of service.
Communication strategies: To promote intra-team communication and decision-making.
Staffing mix to meet the needs: A mixture of skills, personality, and competencies to meet the demands of clients.
Facilitate recruitment of staff with interdisciplinary skills: Employees with prior interdisciplinary experience are more likely to be successful in team working and professional advancement.
Promote interdependence: Relying on each other will foster team working, but individual roles should be respected.
Personal development: Professional training, personal growth, rewards, and recognition will help promote healthier team working relationships.
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