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Team dynamics at Alder Hey


Another team from the NHS asked us recently to help them understand the biology behind their organisational processes better.

Based in Liverpool, the Alder Hey Children's Hospital’s team was particularly interested in how primate behaviour can be translated into their team dynamics. We met an extremely busy and hardworking group of people, absolutely dedicated to their profession, aspiring for a smoothly running team.

The full day training took place at the Quaker Meeting House in central Liverpool, a lovely venue, perfect for this away day. Instead of observing live animals we used lots of footages and images of various primate species having different social structures. The doctors, nurses, dietitians and psychologists were all brilliant and interactive both during taking in the background information and during the more practical assignments.

Great day with a wonderful, culturally diverse team full of positive people! 


Local GP practice goes ape at Chester Zoo!


Doctors, nurses and Patient Services staff from Ellesmere Port’s Hope Farm Medical Centre gathered at Chester Zoo to learn more about the incredible similarities between the behaviour of humans and apes - and how to use this knowledge as a team on a day-to-day basis.


Chatting by the coffee machine, trying to impress the boss, patting each other’s shoulders, handing out compliments, the need for our own workplace and countless more are all prehistoric behaviours that we see both in humans and monkeys.


The team visited the chimpanzees, and finally the orangutans to observe some of these behaviours first-hand. And at the end of the workshop, when they understood much more of these monkeys and apes, they even got to choose which primate’s behaviour stood closest to their own!


Practice manager of Hope Farm Medical Centre, Tim Goldsbrough said ‘Viewing groups of monkeys as a group and then applying that to our team gave people the opportunity to make impartial judgements in a non-confrontational way. One of the most useful aspects to take away from the course was how monkeys communicate and interact as a group. Applying these principles to the practice team will enable us become a highly effective team which in term will benefit our patients. This is an important consideration for us to start to work on.’