For every Child Health GP Hub we’ve put in place regular multidisciplinary team meetings (MDTs).

Multidisciplinary team meetings

Multidisciplinary team (MDT) meetings take place every four to six weeks, and offer a unique opportunity for healthcare professionals to collaborate.

At each meeting general hospital paediatricians, GPs, health visitors, trainee foundation year doctors, mental health workers, school nurses, social workers, trainee GPs and senior house officers (SHOs) discuss patient cases.

This joined-up approach helps us to deliver the best possible care to children and young adults in the local population.

In some cases GPs no longer need to refer patients to hospital –instead they can talk through a patient’s care with a hospital paediatrician during an MDT meeting, and subsequently the patient can be treated locally. This benefits the patient and their family. They no longer need to wait up to 12 weeks for a hospital outpatient appointment – they can be seen, diagnosed and treated in under six weeks in a familiar community setting.

MDT meetings also enable a rich learning environment for all professionals. As a result we have seen a substantial reduction in the number of children attending unnecessary outpatient appointments in secondary care.

Our first year

During CC4C’s first year, we ran 24 MDT meetings, discussed 154 patient cases and 59 per cent of cases were managed in primary care. Each MDT meeting was attended by a general hospital paediatrician, a GP and a health visitor.

Since then, many other healthcare professionals have seen the value of these meetings and started attending. MDTs now include a wider group of professionals such as trainee foundation year doctors, mental health workers, school nurses, social workers, trainee GPs and senior house officers (SHOs).