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Background: The multi-disciplinary team (MDT) coordinator’s role is relatively new and as such is evolving. What is apparent is that the coordinator's work is pivotal to the effectiveness and efficiency of an MDT. Objectives: This study aimed to assess the views and needs of MDT-coordinators. Methods: Views of MDT-coordinators were evaluated through an online survey that covered their current practice and role, MDT chairing, opinions on how to improve MDT meetings, and coordinators' educational/training needs. Results: 265 coordinators responded to the survey. More than one third of the respondents felt that the job plan does not reflect their actual duties. It was reported that medical members of the MDT always contribute to case discussions. 66.9% of the respondents reported that MDTs are chaired by surgeons. The majority reported having training on data management and IT skills but more than 50% reported that further training is needed in areas of oncology, anatomy and physiology, audit and research, peer-review, and leadership skills (Figure 1) Conclusions: The MDT coordinator’s role is central to the care of cancer patients. The study reveals areas of training requirements that remain unmet. Improving the resources and training available to MDT-coordinators can give them an opportunity to develop the required additional skills and contribute to improved MDT performance and ultimately cancer care. MDTs in the developmental stage should benefit from the experience of well-established organisations to enhance the cancer care. Finally, this study acknowledges the recent launch of a new e-learning training programme for MDT coordinators that is an important resource for these cancer key workers.

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2012-10-01
2020-07-08
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