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  • Essay length: 3532 words
  • Submitted: 20/06/2006
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University Degree Social Work

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Describe and discuss interprofessional issues in the case scenario, including the issue of collaboration with users and carers.

To answer this question fully, firstly there will be clear definitions of interprofessional practice and then a clear and coherent argument through-out the rest of this essay.

"Interprofessional is collaboration between professionals, who may not share a common professional education, values, socialization, identity and experience" (Interprofessional Collaboration 2005: 6).

"....occasions when two or more professionals learn together with the object of cultivating collaborative practice" (CAIPE 1997).

Professionals collaborating and working interprofessionally benefits not only the professionals, but also users and carers.

It can allow and help agencies to:

* Have a shared professional competence and experience.

* Deliver co-ordinated packages of services to individuals.

* Tackle complex problems that cross traditional agency boundaries.

* A better and increased use of resources.

* Align services provided by all partners with needs of service users.

* Stimulate more creative approaches to problems.

(Taylor 2005: 4)

The professionals within this case scenario attempted to work collaboratively and gain these advantages. However, there were a number of contributory factors (barriers) which

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