TeamSTEPPS Fundamentals Course: Module 4. Leading Teams

Classroom Slides

TeamSTEPPS is a teamwork system developed jointly by the Department of Defense (DoD)and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) to improve institutional collaboration and communication relating to patient safety.

Contents


Slide 1: Leading Teams

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Slide 2: Exercise: Leadership

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Instructions:

  1. Begin by selecting a leader and scribe for your group.
  2. The group will have 10 minutes to address the questions, record your answers, and report back to the group at large.

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Slide 3: Objectives

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  • Describe how leadership affects team processes and outcomes.
  • Identify different types of team leaders.
  • Describe the activities involved in successfully leading teams.
  • Describe the tools for leading teams, including briefs, huddles, and debriefs.
  • Apply the tools for leading teams to specific clinical scenarios.

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Slide 4: TeamSTEPPS Teamwork Skills

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Leadership:

  • Holds a teamwork system together.
  • Ensures a plan is conveyed, reviewed, and updated.
  • Facilitated through communication, continuous monitoring of the situation, and fostering of an environment of mutual support.

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Slide 5: Types of Team Leaders

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  • Designated—The person assigned to lead and organize a team, establish clear goals, and facilitate open communication and teamwork among team members.
  • Situational—Any team member who has the skills to manage the situation at hand.

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Slide 6: Effective Team Leaders

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  • Define, assign, share, monitor, and modify a plan.
  • Review the team's performance.
  • Establish "rules of engagement."
  • Manage and allocate resources effectively.
  • Provide feedback regarding assigned responsibilities and progress toward the goal.
  • Facilitate information sharing.
  • Encourage team members to assist one another.
  • Facilitate conflict resolution.
  • Model effective teamwork.

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Slide 7: Defining the Plan

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  • When developing a plan, team leaders should consider:
    • Time—How much time is available to complete all the necessary tasks and activities?
    • People—Do the available staff have the necessary knowledge and skills to perform their roles?
    • Equipment—Is the necessary equipment available and working?
    • Information—Has all of the necessary information been collected and reviewed?

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Slide 8: Case Study Discussion

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After attending TeamSTEPPS Master Training, a physician and nurse leader in a Level I Trauma Center decide that trauma resuscitations could be more effectively conducted. Currently, when a trauma alert is called to indicate the pending arrival of a severely injured patient, more staff show up to the trauma bay than needed, necessary equipment is sometimes missing or not functioning properly, and the lead trauma physician often shows up just as EMS is bringing the patient into the trauma bay. The newly trained Master Trainers observe that these practices have led to confusion and chaos that put patients at risk and result in valuable time being lost.

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Slide 9: Assigning Tasks and Responsibilities

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  • Determine the tasks and roles to be assigned.
  • Determine which roles must be filled and allocate tasks appropriately.
  • Communicate clear expectations of what team members need to do.
  • Request feedback.

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Slide 10: Sharing the Plan: Briefs

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  • A team briefing is an effective strategy for sharing the plan.
  • Briefs should help:
    • Form the team.
    • Designate team roles and responsibilities.
    • Establish climate and goals
    • Engage team in short-  and long-term planning.

Images: A photograph shows a medical team in a hallway briefing prior to treating patient. A penguin in a director's chair denotes a video.

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Brief (Flash video, 36 sec.; 3.8 MB).

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Slide 11: Briefing Checklist Tool

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Topic  
Who is on core team? X
All members understand and agree upon goals? X
Roles and responsibilities understood? X
Plan of care? X
Staff availability? X
Workload? X
Available resources? X

 

Image: A medical team is shown conferring over a checklist pinned to a wall.

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Slide 12: Exercise: Briefing

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Instructions:

  • Break into small groups with others from your unit, work area, or organization.
  • Identify when, why, and where briefings might be conducted. Note who should lead the brief and who should participate.
  • Develop a checklist for guiding the brief.
  • Discuss what outcomes you expect to see as a result of implementing briefs.
  • At the end of the exercise, present and discuss your plans with the group.

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Slide 13: Monitoring & Modifying the Plan: Huddle

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Problem Solving:

  • Hold ad hoc, "touch base" meetings to regain situation awareness.
  • Discuss critical issues and emerging events.
  • Anticipate outcomes and likely contingencies.
  • Assign resources.
  • Express concerns.

Images: A photograph shows a medical team in a hallway conference. A penguin in a director's chair denotes a video.

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Huddle (Flash video, 31 sec.; 3.2 MB)

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Slide 14: Reviewing the Team's Performance: Debrief

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Process Improvement:

  • Brief, informal information exchange and feedback sessions.
  • Occur after an event or shift.
  • Designed to improve teamwork skills.
  • Designed to improve outcomes:
    • An accurate recounting of key events.
    • Analysis of why the event occurred.
    • Discussion of lessons learned and reinforcement of successes.
    • Revised plan to incorporate lessons learned.

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Slide 15: Debrief Checklist

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Topic  
Communication clear? X
Roles and responsibilities understood? X
Situation awareness maintained? X
Workload distribution? X
Did we ask for or offer assistance? X
Were errors made or avoided? X
What went well, what should change, what can improve? X

 

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Slide 16: Debrief Video

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Images: A medical team in a hallway being debriefed. A penguin in a director's chair denotes a video.

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Debrief (Flash video, 24 sec.; 2.6 MB).

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Slide 17: Facilitating Conflict Resolution

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Effective leaders:

  • Facilitate conflict resolution to avoid compromising patient safety and quality of care.
  • Do not allow interpersonal or irrelevant issues to negatively affect the team.
  • Help team members master conflict resolution techniques.

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Slide 18: Promoting & Modeling Teamwork

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Effective leaders cultivate desired team behaviors and skills through:

  • Open sharing of information.
  • Role modeling and effective cuing of team members to use prescribed teamwork behaviors and skills.
  • Constructive and timely feedback.
  • Facilitation of briefs, huddles, debriefs, and conflict resolution.
  • Mitigation of conflict within the team.

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Slide 19: Team Formation Video

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Team Formation (Flash video, 5 min., 3 sec.; 30.7 MB)

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Slide 20: Tools & Strategies Summary

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Barriers Tools & Strategies Outcomes
  • Inconsistency in Team Membership
  • Lack of Time
  • Lack of Information Sharing
  • Hierarchy
  • Defensiveness
  • Conventional Thinking
  • Complacency
  • Varying Communication Styles
  • Conflict
  • Lack of Coordination and Followup with Coworkers
  • Distractions
  • Fatigue
  • Workload
  • Misinterpretation of Cues
  • Lack of Role Clarity

Communication: 

  • SBAR
  • Call-Out
  • Check-Back
  • Handoff

Leading Teams

  • Brief 
  • Huddle 
  • Debrief
  • Shared Mental Model
  • Adaptability
  • Team Orientation
  • Mutual Trust
  • Team Performance
  • Patient Safety!!

 

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Slide 21: Applying TeamSTEPPS Exercise

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  1. Does the team experiencing the issue in your organization have a designated leader?  Who is it?
  2. Is your teamwork issue related to the team’s leadership?
  3. If yes, what is the leadership issue?
  4. Which of the tools and/or strategies for leading teams might you consider implementing to address the issue?

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Page last reviewed March 2014
Internet Citation: TeamSTEPPS Fundamentals Course: Module 4. Leading Teams: Classroom Slides. March 2014. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/professionals/education/curriculum-tools/teamstepps/instructor/fundamentals/module4/slleadership.html