Midwives and doctors have been inspired to improve their teamwork emergency procedure following a visit to the Mercedes Formula 1 HQ.
The maternity team visited the Mercedes F1 AMG Petronas Motorsport HQ in Brackley to watch a pit stop practice in action and learn from the teamwork that was demonstrated.
Following the visit, the maternity unit team at George Eliot Hospital NHS Foundation will be making improvements to their teamwork procedure to emergency situations, after becoming inspired by the Mercedes F1 fast-paced pit stop procedure.
The maternity team are looking to adapt the ‘role changing’ practice drill that was demonstrated by Mercedes F1. This is when members of a team have to change their roles to fulfil a job successfully.
For example, a midwife may have to undertake the role of paediatrician in a certain situation. The exercise aims to provide teammates with greater knowledge of each other’s roles and thought processes.
Speaking about the experience, NHS George Eliot Hospital Head of Midwifery, Alison Talbot, said: “We jumped at a chance to visit Mercedes F1. We both face working in high-pace, pressured environments and it was fascinating to see the parallels between our experiences and how the team works together.
“We met a team at the top of its game and whose members appreciate the value of a few seconds. We are eager to put what we have seen into practice in an emergency situation and continue to improve our services for our patients.”
The visit the Mercedes F1 was part of the department’s Labour Leader’s teambuilding initiative, which is also part of a national programme to improve maternity care.
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