Collaborative Practice

"Unity is strength… when there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved."

As a healthcare organization, Alberta Health Services (AHS) is dedicated to providing the highest quality care. The Pediatric Eating and Swallowing (PEAS) Project’s mission is to capture the spirit and harness the power of collaboration to enhance and standardize interdisciplinary practice in the area of eating, feeding and swallowing (EFS), in order to attain the best outcomes for our patients and their families.

Team members from multiple disciplines play a critical role in the provision of care in the area of eating, feeding and swallowing. The following are a collection of resources to help healthcare professionals enhance collaborative practice and communication amongst team members including the child and their family.

Collaborative Care Primers & Resources

"Collaborative Care is a healthcare approach in which interprofessional teams work together in partnership with patients and families to achieve optimal health outcomes." – AHS CoACT

Together with AHS Co-ACT, the PEAS Project has developed a number of resources to support collaborative practice in Eating, Feeding and Swallowing:

  • Team Charter
  • Collaborative Care Team
  • Assignment of Care
  • Collaborative Care Leadership

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Role Descriptors & Tasks within Full Scope

Together with families, clinicians, AHS Health Professions Strategy & Practice (HPSP), AHS Co-Act, and professional colleges, the PEAS Project has developed the PEAS Role Descriptors and Tasks within Full Scope for healthcare providers to:

  • Provide EFS clinicians with an adaptable tool to use as a way of highlighting, communicating, and clarifying overlaps and gaps within each individual team.
  • Promote interprofessional care bringing together the unique perspectives of varied disciplines regardless of whether people work in co-located teams or are geographically spread out.
  • Focus members of a care team on their collective team competence to address child and family centered goals for EFS.
  • Provide a tool to identify and cover gaps in service (e.g. referrals and consultation with other care teams, training, recruitment, etc).

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Role Resources to share with Families

Additional Resources

These include resources related to role clarity within Eating, Feeding, and Swallowing.

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Collaborative Practice Definitions

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