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MDT meetings

MDT Meetings

MDT stands for Multidisciplinary Team Meeting. MDT meetings provide an opportunity for Consultants to discuss complex cases. The principle of an MDT meeting is to discuss patients with other colleagues from the same discipline and where indicates from other specialists in order to ensure the patient is receiving the correct advice and that the treatment is suitable to their individual needs. MDT meetings are unique in the private sector.

Speciality MDT meetings

  • Spine - held fortnightly
  • Breast - held weekly
  • Thoracic - held weekly
  • Hypertension - held ad hoc-as and when they have patients to discuss
  • Urology - held fortnightly
  • Haematology - held fortnightly
  • Cardiac – held monthly
  • Colorectal - held weekly at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust
  • Liver - held ad hoc-as and when they have patients to discuss
  • Renal and liver donor transplants - held ad hoc as and when they have patients to discuss
  • Vascular - held ad hoc as and when they have patients to discuss

MDT members

Members have the level of expertise and specialisation required by the MDT in question – where there are no relevant peer review measures or accreditation for these roles the issue of clinical competence is for the relevant professional body. An MDT meeting is usually attended by members of the multidisciplinary team including Consultant, Surgeon, Physician, Radiologists, Pathologists, Nurses and allied professionals.
And anyone else, who is involved with the patient care pathway and treatment are invited to attend.

Effective MDT meeting should result in:

  • Treatment and care being considered by professionals with specialist knowledge and skills in the relevant fields they work in;
  • Patients being assessed and offered the level of information and support they need to cope with their condition;
  • Continuity of care, even when different aspects of care are delivered by different individuals or providers;
  • Improved equality of outcomes as a result of better understanding and awareness of patients’ characteristics and through reflective practice;
  • Adherence to national and local clinical guidelines;
  • Promotion of good working relationships between staff, thereby enhancing their job satisfaction and quality of life;
  • Opportunities for education/professional development of team members (implicitly through the inclusion of junior team members and explicitly when meetings are used to devise and agree new protocols and ways of working);
  • Optimisation of resources – effective MDT meeting should result in more efficient use of time which should contribute to more efficient use of resources more generally.