Kay Caldwell, Anita Atwal, Gina Copp, Madeline Brett-Richards, Kate Coleman
British Journal of Nursing, Vol. 15, Iss. 22, 14 Dec 2006, pp 1250 - 1254
This article reports on the findings of a study that aimed to explore how relevant initial training is in relation to teamwork, and to explore the perceptions of newly qualified practitioners about their confidence to work as a member of a team. A cross-sectional postal survey was used to ascertain the views of nurses, social workers, occupational therapists and physiotherapists who had been qualified between six months and two years prior to the survey, and had qualified at one of three London universities. Fifty questionnaires were sent out to each professional group (a sample of 200 overall) and there was a 43% response rate. Findings revealed that respondents reported positive experiences of team working, with only one area – equality of status within teams – being highlighted as problematic. While no other area generated this level of disagreement, there were two other areas in which respondents felt unsure: cooperation within the team and conflict resolution within the team.