Why are non-technical skills (NTS) as important as technical skills? Non-technical skills reflect cognitive (e.g., situation awareness) and interpersonal skills (e.g., communication) that complement technical expertise and knowledge. This skill set is trainable and supports an individual’s ability to anticipate, identify and mitigate error.
The Non-Technical Skills Lab (NTSL) at STRATUS was created by Steve Yule, PhD, and Douglas Smink, MD, MPH, in 2013. NTSL brings together social scientists, health services researchers, educators and clinicians with a core mission of adding to knowledge regarding the critical role of clinicians’ social and cognitive skills on team performance and the quality and safety of patient care.