Chapter 16. Teamwork in Community Nursing

  1. David Sines Professor Executive Dean2,
  2. Mary Saunders Head2 and
  3. Janice Forbes-Burford Manager3
  1. Owen Barr Head Senior Lecturer

Published Online: 27 OCT 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444316247.ch16

Community Health Care Nursing, Fourth Edition

Community Health Care Nursing, Fourth Edition

How to Cite

Barr, O. (2009) Teamwork in Community Nursing, in Community Health Care Nursing, Fourth Edition (eds D. Sines, M. Saunders and J. Forbes-Burford), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444316247.ch16

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Faculty of Health & Social Care, London South Bank University, London, UK

  2. 3

    NHS South West, Essex, UK

Author Information

  1. University of Ulster, Northland Road, Londonderry, Northern Ireland, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 27 OCT 2009
  2. Published Print: 15 MAY 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405183406

Online ISBN: 9781444316247



  • teamwork in community nursing;
  • potential team members in community services;
  • continuing need for effective teamwork;
  • team nature;
  • lack of investment in team development and lack of flexibility and creativity;
  • people in teams and wanting to be ‘team members’;
  • work of team members - becoming positive and reinforcing;
  • value of ‘conflict’ - acknowledged and appropriately channelled;
  • feedback on progress towards agreed objectives for teams;
  • careful planning and attention from managers and team members


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Potential team members in community services

  • The continuing need for effective teamwork

  • The nature of teams

  • Teams do not work effectively when…

  • Teams work well when…

  • Conclusion

  • References