Healthcare delivery is changing, responding to needs of an ageing population with multiple long-termconditions. Safe and effective patient care in rheumatology should be delivered by a multi-professionalteam who understand how their roles fit individually and collectively within the team. This requires anunderstanding from healthcare educators and managers as to how to equip team members with theappropriate knowledge skills and behaviours, both as students and when working in clinical practice. Educational models exist that can facilitate this, and rheumatology teams in primary, community andsecondary care provide an excellent opportunity to demonstrate effective team working and its impacton patient care through research and evaluation on health systems, and educational and patient outcomes.
- health policies
- outcome measures
- medical education
- education research
- attitude of health professionals