The Five Behaviours of a Cohesive Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT) – FAQ Document

What does a MDT look like?

A MDT on this programme is a group of health and care staff who are members of different organisations and professions from GP practices, PCNs, social care, public health and community care, care homes, acute, mental health, and voluntary sector providers who can work together (at a neighbourhood-based level) on an integrated service change project during the duration of this programme to benefit a targeted population group, as agreed by the MDT, and its sponsor.

What does neighbourhood-based working mean?

Some MDTs may use another name/term than ‘neighbourhood’ (e.g., locality, place etc).

It is possible to categorise a neighbourhood according to the population groups targeted (from people with complex needs to everyone in the areas) and the services included (from just health services up to a wide range of different public and voluntary services as illustrated below:


Typically, ‘neighbourhoods’ involve 30,000 to 70,000 of the population.
Your MDT from your ‘neighbourhood’ will work together to benefit your target population group.


What are the 5 half days virtual programme sessions, delivery dates and times?

Below are the current proposed dates, however these can be flexible through discussion with each cohort.

Please note that Cohort 1 has now been filled and unavailable for applications.

Will there be a facilitated Zoom breakout room for each MDT participating in the programme?

Yes, each MDT will be assigned a breakout room facilitator to support each team during their team activities.

Is there any preparation work for the programme?

Participants must complete your Everything DiSC Workplace Profile Questionnaire that will be emailed to you in advance of the programme’s session 1. Each member of the MDT receives a profile to help them understand self and how best to work with others in the MDT.

What work needs to be done outside of the workshops?

At the start of the programme, each MDT should discuss and schedule at least 4 MDT project time sessions, in between each learning and development session. So, they are connecting at least monthly to learn, develop and progress their project. These sessions will not be facilitated. It is dedicated time for project work. Each session length should be ideally a minimum of 2 hours. The scheduling can be discussed and agreed in the facilitated session 1.

Does the MDT have to work on a service change project during the programme timeframe?

Yes, it is expected that each MDT work on their integrated service change project during the programme timeframe and beyond.  Each team will have access to resources and templates to aid their project success.

What type of change project should we be choosing to work on?

Focus on your target population group in your ‘neighbourhood’, then choose a service change project based on driving forward more integrated services for example to:

  • help prevent ill health and support people to stay well
  • improve individuals’ health and wellbeing as well as their quality of life if they become ill
  • focus on people’s wants and needs rather than the organisations and structures that deliver care.

Think about how change through your MDT leadership can enable integrated care, and how your service change project can make a difference to the people who provide the care/service and the population group that receive it. Putting people at the heart of care. 

Focus on people’s wants and needs rather than the organisations and structures. People benefit from care that is person-centred care and co-ordinated. For care to be integrated, organisations and the MDT need to bring together all the different elements of care that a person in the population group needs.

Keep things simple and achievable in the year your MDT will be working on your integrated service change project. 

Do I have to commit to attending and participating in all the facilitated and non-facilitated sessions?

Yes, it is expected that all the members of the MDT attend and participate in all the sessions. However, we do accept apologies, for example for not attending due to unforeseen/unexpected events.

Why does my Team need a Project Sponsor/Champion?

There is evidence that having a project sponsor/champion aids the success and sustainability of the service change, so it is expected that you identify a project sponsor/champion. A project sponsor/champion example could include PCN Clinical Director, Local Authority Manager, GP partner, Care Home Manager etc.

What questions does my team need to answer for the application form?

As we have a limited number of places available on this programme, we require teams to complete an application form. To do this, please nominate a ‘team leader’ to complete the application form – if your team is successful, we will then ask the rest of the team to register their details.

In the application form, you will be required to provide a summary of your MDT’s planned service change project. Ideally you should include your project vision, goals, objectives and any metrics. The more detail you include will improve your chances of your MDT securing a place on the programme.

You will need to provide us with your Cohort no. preference. This will support us to allocate you to a cohort dates.

Finally, you will need to provide details of your project sponsor/champion.

Is there a cost for the programme?

No, the programme is fully funded by South West Leadership and Lifelong Learning.

Is there salary back fill to attend this programme?

There is no access to salary back fill to attend this programme.

How to apply

To apply for this programme, please gather your MDT and select a Team Leader to complete the application form.

Applications will be close 3 weeks before the Cohort start date. A shortlisting process will take place and your Team Leader will be informed of the outcome.

By applying, you are agreeing to a cancellation charge of £150, you will be liable for this fee if you are successful in obtaining a place and then withdraw/ do not attend the programme without extenuating circumstances.

Click here to apply

Please note: Programme places are limited to 2/3 teams in each cohort of between 4 to 10 MDT members.

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