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This essay aims to discuss the main aspects of what I have learnt after attending the IP2 conference held in Bath and my learning after the group work I undertook with students from different professions. In the second part of this assignment I will discu

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SELF- APRAISAL ASSIGNMENT This essay aims to discuss the main aspects of what I have learnt after attending the IP2 conference held in Bath and my learning after the group work I undertook with students from different professions. In the second part of this assignment I will discuss and reflect upon my personal experience working with social services and others professionals and look at how my IP learning could be applied to improve interprofessional collaboration. The conference held in Bath "Interprofessional Collaboration in Practice" gave me the opportunity to work with another students from different professions; social work; adult nursing; children's nursing; physiotherapy; occupational therapy; mental health nursing; radiotherapy; learning disability nursing; diagnostic imaging; and finally medical students. After attending the conference I gained a much better understanding of these roles and, in addition I would feel more confident when interacting with them in the future (Dickinson and Carpenter, 2005). Our group bonded and worked well together. The majority of us were motivated towards the activities we undertook together as a team, such as discussion the themes, sharing relevant placement and work experience, and making decisions and agreeing to group statements. Most of the members of my group showed height levels of engagement and reflection on critical incidences from practice (Gilmartin, 2000). Also, they encouraged the more inhibited members of the group, including myself, to express themselves freely. Despite the fact that all of us engaged in the team work, some of us, due I believe to a lack of self confidence, showed a low level of participation when sharing feelings or practice experiences with others members of the group. ...read more.

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The thoughts, feelings and actions at individual level can have a significant bearing on equality (Cortis, 2003). This is particularly the case when the individuals concerned are in a position of power, as nurses often are. If nurses want to promote equality through practice (NMC, 2002), they and others professionals need to learn from each other to develop their understanding of inequalities, discrimination and oppression and increase awareness of the significance of such issues. In the second part of this essay I will explore the relationships between health and social care professionals. It will drawn on personal IP education and also from personal practical experience placements and reflect on those to improve my IP with others professionals and also my IP collaboration with social care professionals in the future. Interprofessional team working has become one of the main important issues in the field of health and social care. The separation of health and social care remains a problem. The Nursing Standard (2001) article called "Counting on Co-operation" shows the results obtained after a mayor survey carried out regarding nurses and social worker opinions of each other by Nursing Standard and Community. The survey shows that despite stereotypes still being alive in nursing and social care there is also a high degree of agreement about each other's efficiency. Both nursing and social care staff agrees that more resources would improve the services. However nurses believe that this could be done by bringing health and social care together into one agency while social care staff preferred closer joint working. ...read more.

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Health care is now characterised by a complex and varied mix of professions and practices which creates conflict and confusion but also has created new possibilities for the construction of social and professional groups with different meaning and significance. What these opportunities will mean for the delivery of heath care and for the social and moral construction of the professions, is something that will emerge in time (Irvine, 2002.). STATEMENTS Theme 1: Communication 1. Communication is an integral part of Inter-professional working and there are barriers and facilitating factors involved in effective communication which can determine this integrated working. 2. Every patient/client/service user has the right to have their voice heard and there needs to be a clear, single point of contract where this can be achieved successfully. Theme 2: Contrasting professional's perspectives/ values. 1. Different professional's perspectives occur as a result of specific routes of training and experience which create particular tribes and these perspectives and professional culture among differing fields effect the care given to the patient. 2. Different health and social care professionals need to have an understanding of their colleagues' roles, philosophies and limitations in order to work together and provide effective patient centred care. Theme 3: Power and Professions 1. Power exists between professionals for a variety of reasons, partly routed in history and how people have been taught. This can have positive and negative effects on care delivery but should be utilised only as a benefit for the service user and to ensure professionals work effectively together to provide the best care. 2. Quote: "It is the patient's body and patient's life; we cannot always know what is right for them without asking them." Ford, Luise. Children's Nurse 2008 Bath, IPE Level 2 Conference. ...read more.

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