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

This programme is designed to support individuals working in a Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT) in a Primary Care Network reveal what it takes to build a cohesive team.

Delivered by the NHS South West Leadership Academy and Enono

Programme Outline

Not finance. Not strategy. Not technology. It is teamwork that remains the ultimate competitive advantage, both because it is powerful and so rare – Patrick Encioni.

Quite simply, a cohesive team needs to master 5 behaviours: building vulnerability-based trust, mastering open conflict, achieving commitment, embracing accountability, and focusing on results. Each behaviour builds on the previous one, so cannot be addressed in isolation. All MDT members will have a meaningful understanding of themselves and their MDT colleagues, which is why the programme is reinforced by the Everything DiSC® Workplace Profile.


The Five Behaviours brings a human approach to team development by addressing the full spectrum of essential cohesive team behaviours. The result is a unique and impactful team development solution that empowers team members to turn insights into action and ensure tangible, lasting change.

Benefits of the Programme

The Five Behaviours Model is used to help team members learn to work together more efficiently and effectively and become a more cohesive, productive, and high performing team, so they can:

  • Make better, faster decisions
  • Tap into the skills and opinions of all members
  • Avoid wasting time and energy on politics, confusion, and destructive conflict
  • Avoid wasting time talking about the wrong issues and revisiting the same topics repeatedly because of a lack of buy-in
  • Discuss and agree shared team goals

Target Audience

The programme is designed for either established MDTs or individuals that would like to form an MDT. Each MDT should consist of between 4 to 8 team members. The MDT should be working in a primary care network in the South West region.

An 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) to establish shared goals during the duration of this programme.

What does neighbourhood-based working mean?

Some MDTs may use a different name/term to ‘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 area) and the services included (from just health services up to a wide range of different public and voluntary services) as illustrated below:

Programme Structure

The Five Behaviours of a Cohesive Multi-disciplinary Team Programme consists of 5 half days of virtual learning and development. There is a celebratory event at the end of the Programme for MDTs to share their learning and development journey, their shared goals and network!

The programme is facilitated by expert in the field of leadership and team development, via Zoom, as follows:

Please note Cohort 1 is now fully booked.

Session Title

Cohort 2 Dates & Times

Session 1: Self-Discovery through everything DiSC workplace & team culture

21st March 2022 – 09:30-13:00

Session 2: Trust & Shared Team Goals

4th April 2022 – 09:30-13:00

Session 3: Conflict, Commitment & Shared Team Goals

9th May 2022 – 09:30-13:00

Session 4: Accountability, Results, Team Goals & Sharing your individual & team learning, development & shared team goals

13th June 2022 – 09:30-13:00

Session 5: Individual & MDT Learning, Development and Goals Celebratory Event

6th July 2022 – 09:30-13:00


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

Preparation for the Programme

Participants must complete their Everything DiSC Workplace Profile Questionnaire that will be emailed over 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.

Programme Facilitator

For the past 6 years Lisa Soultana has run a successful leadership and organisational development consultancy: Enono, meaning to “join-up” in Greek. Lisa has worked in the NHS for 20 years, with 17 years’ experience supporting general practice/primary care. Lisa is passionate about supporting individuals, teams, organisations, and their boards to be the best they can be. By enhancing individuals’ overall wellbeing, motivation, and job satisfaction whereby they look after their relationships and establish cohesive teams and create high performing boards with the goal of creating shared organisational success.


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.

Please note this programme is fully funded by South West Leadership and Lifelong Learning. However, there is no access to salary back fill to attend this programme.


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