Faircape Medical Practice provides care with the combined input from a Multidisciplinary Team (MDT), but what does that mean for patients and practitioners?
What Is a Multidisciplinary Team?
A Multidisciplinary Team (MDT) is a group of healthcare professionals who team up to provide comprehensive care. MDTs are a hot topic internationally and for good reason – they’re amazing for meeting a patient’s unique needs but they also improve the quality of care at each stage of a prescribed programme.
Which Care Providers Are On an MDT?
Faircape Medical’s MDT includes primary care physicians (doctors), nurses, carers, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists, a dietitian, a social worker, a psychologist, and administrative staff. (Check out the table at the bottom of this page for details on what each care provider does.)
What Are the Benefits Of a Multidisciplinary Team For Patients?
Patients enjoy many benefits when treated by an MDT. Research shows that patients receiving care from multiple practitioners have better prognosis with longer lasting health outcomes. What’s more, patients also recover more quickly needing to spend less time away from family.
What Are the Benefits Of a Multidisciplinary Team For Practitioners?
The benefits of working on and MDT are many. Doctor Nicci Snyders of Faircape Medical says that “[…] each member offers invaluable insight into the healing process.” All too often, patients are referred into the care of allied health care professionals. But as part of an MDT, practitioners can participate fully in the healing & recovery process, and afterwards. Practitioners develop new skills to provide better quality of care.
Four-Legged Health Care Workers?
Faircape Health includes specially trained therapy dogs as part of our healing practice. Did you know that pet therapy dogs have higher levels of oxytocin than house pets? Just as humans experience wonderful benefits from interacting with these specially trained dogs, so too do the dogs!
|Assesses on admission & consults throughout the patient’s stay to manage medical needs and monitor outcomes.
|Assesses the patient’s need for care & rehabilitation, as well as administers medications.
|Supports and assists the patient during daily activities while he or she recovers.
|Assesses, prescribes & implements unique rehabilitation plans to maximise the patient’s mobility and future needs.
|Assesses, prescribes & implements unique rehabilitation plans to maximise the patient’s ability to perform daily activities.
|Assesses, prescribes & implements a unique therapeutic plan based on the patient’s needs to improve speech, communications, swallowing and cognition.
|Assesses & prescribes a unique nutritional plan with supplements to maximise the patient’s recovery and long term health.
|Assesses & provides psychosocial support to the primary patient and their family members on a referral basis. Supports the patient with post rehabilitation placement should returning to independent life be impractical.
|Assesses & provides counselling, therapy & support to the primary patent and their family members on a referral basis.
|Continually communicates with the patient’s medical aid to advise on rehabilitation progress, and advise the team of any changes related to the duration of stay or insurance authorisation.