Mater Transformation adopts a collective leadership approach in our interventions to improve quality, safety and experience of patients’ care. Our approach is inclusive of all staff across the organisation, and helps to promote a culture of shared responsibility and accountability with a focus on collective impact rather than individual achievement.
“Collective leadership is the interaction of team members to lead the team by sharing in leadership responsibilities. It involves the relational process of an entire team, group, or organisation”
Healthcare is delivered through teamwork and teams should share responsibility and accountability for quality and patient safety.
This requires an understanding of what leadership supports these teams need in order to continuously improve quality and patient safety.
We have worked closely with our colleagues at the UCD IRIS Centre to help us understand this more and to instil collective leadership in the teams we work with.
Through the expertise of our Mater Transformation team, we endeavour to create the conditions for team interventions to flourish. Cunningham et al. 2021 have identified 11 enablers for this to happen:
An intervention where two or more healthcare disciplines are working together in an acute hospital context and are in receipt of a programme or intervention or directly involved in implementation of a programme or intervention to improve team-working and/or quality and safety of patient care”
Cunningham, U., Ward, M.E., De Brún, A. and McAuliffe, E., Team interventions in acute hospital contexts: a systematic search of the literature using realist synthesis. BMC health services research, 2018, pp.1-15.
Cunningham, U.; De Brún, A.; McAuliffe, E. Application of the critical incident technique in refining a realist initial programme, theory. BMC Med Res. Methodol. 2020, 20, 1–16.
Cunningham, U.; De Brún, A.; Willgerodt, M.; Blakeney, E.; McAuliffe, E. Team interventions in acute hospital contexts: Protocol for the evaluation of an initial programme theory using realist methods. HRB Open Res. 2021, 4, 32.
Cunningham, U.; De Brún, A.; Willgerodt, M.; Abu-Rish Blakeney, E.; McAuliffe, E. A Realist Evaluation of Team Interventions in Acute Hospital Contexts—Use of Two Case Studies to Test Initial Programme Theories. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18, 8604. https://doi.org/10.3390/ ijerph18168604