Competency Domain: Interprofessional Communication
Learners/practitioners from different professions communicate with each other in a collaborative, responsive and responsible manner.
To support interprofessional collaborative practice, learners/practitioners are able to:
- establish team work communication principles
- actively listen to other team members including patients/clients/families
- communicate to ensure common understanding of care decisions
- develop trusting relationships with patients/ clients/families and other team members
- effectively use information and communication technology to improve interprofessional patient/client/community-centred care, assisting team members in:
- setting shared goals
- collaboratively setting shared plans of care;
- supporting shared decision-making;
- sharing responsibilities for care across across team members; and
- demonstrating respect for all team members including patients/clients/families.
Communication skills are essential for all learners/practitioners and involve the ability to communicate effectively with others, especially those from other professions, as well as patients/clients/ families, in a collaborative, responsive and responsible manner. Communication in an interprofessional environment is demonstrated through listening and other non-verbal means, and verbally through negotiating, consulting, interacting, discussing or debating. Respectful interprofessional communication incorporates full disclosure and transparency in all interactions with others including patients/clients/families. All team members enact interprofessional communication that is consistently authentic and demonstrates trust with learners/practitioners, patients/clients and their families.
source: A National Interprofessional Competency Framework, p. 16.
Think about a relationship, personal or professional, where the skills and knowledge discussed above were evident.