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Debriefing After Transfer

The team gathers immediately after the transfer to look critically at their own performance and learn from any mistakes.

It makes sense to debrief every transfer; without this a mission is not complete.

  • It may be tempting to skip this part of the transfer as the work is done, but it makes sense to get together as soon as possible and look at what went well and what could have been improved. Once you implement this routine, it becomes second nature and as a team you’ll start to expect a debrief.
It is surprising what can come to light in some of these sessions, and if it doesn’t reveal any new aspects debriefs can be a satisfying way to close the case and progress as a team.
  • There are different structures of debriefing sessions available. What’s important is that the debriefs are:
    • confidential
    • non-threatening
    • structured by the team leader
    • timely – ideally immediately after the job
  • Debriefs do not have to take long. Even a 60-second chat can be useful and is better than none.

Please note: this video is a simulation and does not depict a real-life clinical event. The clinical details used in the simulation are invented and do not describe real patients. Everyone featured has kindly given their permission for the video to be used.

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