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Collaboration in Professional Practice

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Sheffield Hallam University Faculty of Health and Wellbeing Advanced Diploma in Adult Nursing. Summative Assessment Submission. Collaboration in Professional Practice - January '08 Intake Date of Submission: 20th April 2009 Assignment Title: "Effective Inter-professional Collaboration is key to providing good quality *patient/client/service user centred care"...Discuss. Student details: Name Student Number Word Count: 2,976 Module Tutor: The aim of this assignment is to discuss the importance of working inter-professionally within a multidisciplinary team to achieve the best patient-centred care. It will demonstrate developments achieved, and the knowledge gained around this area throughout my training and practice to date. The assignment will focus on the inter-professional care for adults within a hospital environment, as 'Advanced Diploma in Adult Nursing' is my course area. Interprofessional collaboration looks at teamwork, communication, professionalism and modern issues which influence practice at present. Various health care professionals have a range of expertise and skills different to others, their experiences and insights into situations capture dissimilar care needs, therefore enabling the patient to receive the best care. Through working in a multidisciplinary team, different professionals can collaborate with each other in order to benefit the patient and deliver person-centred care. The Royal College of Nursing (RCN 2007) describes person centred care as; care which is safe and effective, promotes health and well-being and helps to integrate the patient into today's society and community. Person-centred care also informs, empowers, is timely and convenient (Kendall and Lissauer 2003). It is an approach, which integrates patient ideas, expectations, beliefs, values, culture, emotional needs and social perspectives, whilst ensuring mutual participation in a shared decision-making partnership (Antai-Otong 2006). Martin and Rodgers (2004) identify that in the past the patient's health and social care needs were kept separate entity's, this however identified numerous imperfections between the stages of care; for example elderly patients being discharged from hospital back to the community. It would have been days before appropriate services were set up, thus causing frustration and distress for the anxious patient. ...read more.


Their main target was pre-registered students and their aim was to integrate interprofessional training into their curriculum, enabling students to develop transferable skills that will facilitate communication and collaboration (DOH 2001). This is already in practice throughout the universities and many students are benefiting from studying along side other professions within modules such as interprofessional learning and collaboration in professional Practice. Within the first year of my studies, two weeks were dedicated to Interprofessional learning, which gave me an insight into their roles and responsibilities. At present my collaboration group consists of social workers, child nurses, learning disability nurses and occupational therapists. As a team we communicated well, enhancing our collaborative working. I found last years interprofessional learning module beneficial and the team I was placed with interacted well both face to face and through the online discussions. I had an understanding of the different professionals within the National Health Service but never realised how closely they worked together. Whilst on placement the practicality of bringing us together on this module dawned on me when I was introduced to other professionals on the wards and given opportunities to work with them, this enabled me to see how the interprofessional collaboration provided a positive outcome for the patients. I was very optimistic that this year's group would be the same as last years, and so far I have not been disappointed. The communication between this years group has had more meaning to me, thus making the discussions more valuable and more understandable to my learning experiences. Throughout the week we worked in our selected groups as a multidisciplinary team, this gave us an insight into how each of us looked at the care of a patient within our individual roles, and what different stages of care we could provide. I believe that I have progressed since the first year but feel that there is still plenty of knowledge and experiences to be gained in order for me to develop further. ...read more.


Whether a Doctor should know I am not sure on. If its a scenario where he has been done for GBH and he has wounds that need to be treated and the Doctor needs to know exactly what the other person did to cause those wounds then maybe... but most likely not if they have just come in for an appointment. Truthfully I would feel a bit anxious depending on how much of a threat to society the prisoner was. For example if they were a Paedophile I would try and act as professional as I can and not treat them any different, but in the back of my mind my personal views and emotions will be sitting there. I would not treat them any differently as I stated before, this is not professional so i would not respond differently unless they spoke to me in a negative and inappropriate way but i would do this with any patient. I feel the service user is not being dealt with oppressively and if he is being treated like everyone else then yes he is being treated anti-oppressive as the Doctor is over coming stereotypes The only things I can think of to improve the situation is removing the hand cuffs when in the room that he is being seen to and maybe only one officer going with him, however if he is a real threat to society then you are potentially putting everyone else in the hospital in danger through doing these things, so no I cant see how the situation could be improved for the prisoner. Hi Hannah, On my last placement there was a prisoner who was handcuffed night and day to officers, the health staff did not know what he had done and from what I could gather they had no intentions of finding out, as he was a patient and was treated as such, with dignity and respect. He was consulted about his care and was cared for like all the others on the ward. ...read more.

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