Working in Care Teams

Plastic surgeons work as part of teams of clinical, medical and other specialists to meet patients’ needs across a whole range of conditions.

Increasingly, clinical care for many conditions is delivered not by individuals but by teams working together.

Plastic surgeons are part of these teams. For instance, in the treatment of cleft lip and palate, plastic surgeons work with speech and language therapists, dieticians, paediatricians and audiologists.

In the treatment of sarcoma, they work with clinical oncologists, medical oncologists, radiologists, physiotherapists and clinical nurse specialists as well as professionals in palliative care. For patients with burns, plastic surgeons work with specialists in intensive care, including nurses, as well as physiotherapists, occupational therapists, psychologists and dieticians.

Without the contribution of these colleagues, we would not achieve the high quality outcomes that we see today.