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The Role of Interprofessional Practise

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The role of inter professional collaborative practice in contemporary Social Work. In introducing this essay the student aims to explain the importance of inter professional practice and examine key factors and the consequences involved. It is essential for them to break down the aspects of collaborative inter professional practice so understandable to all. Along with this, they will define the meaning of inter professional working as well as the individual meaning of 'collaboration'. The writer will look to identify how inter professional collaboration came about in society and the imperative effect it had on us all. They will then look to identify crucial differences when comparing inter professional practice throughout the 1900's to modern day society and the ways in which inter professional collaborative practice has flourished. They will strive to outline the positive aspects as well as critique it, along with consequences resulting from bad collaborative workings. The student will also detect factors that help and hinder the effectiveness of inter professional collaborative practice. Finally they will present a real life practice example from their IPL (Inter Professional Learning) week experience, then link this back to items that helped or constrained the learning outcome. There is a key difference between the two terms; inter professional and collaborative. ...read more.


This is essential as it 'requires the listener to focus on the speaker' (Payne 2000.) Also by showing each individual that you are interested in what they are saying encourages further issues to be brought forward, for instance if a point was made and ignored the first time, the person is less likely to make another point and this may constitute as fatal. All issues raised should be treated as important. There are also other benefits such as the knowledge of professional roles. This means that stereotypes of other positions are eliminated and practitioners feel more at ease approaching them each time. Confidence has been identified by the author as being very important in more ways than one, for example the having to interact with someone you do not know means you have to possess the skill of being confident originally, and also each time you meet you would gain more experience as an individual. Also, confidence is thought to 'develop through one's career from interaction and feedback, from mentors and others' (Hudson 2002.) Trust and mutual respect is the most obvious point to be made but must not be forgotten. Trust is an 'essential attribute to collaboration' (Stapleton 1998) ...read more.


However, there are many adverse effects when considering inter professional collaboration as well as benefits to assess but it is generally thought the pros outweigh the cons. The student finally concludes that the IPL experience was an extremely important time where the students got to understand the reason for collaborative practice in Social Work and inter professionalism. Also all professions were highlighted and the unknown became clear so as to prevent uncertainty in the future when working with other health professionals. Word count - 2029 words REFERENCING * Inter professional Working in Health and Social Care by Gillian Barrett, Derek Sellman and Judith Thomas - (Obtained on the 27th November 2008) (Ovreteit 1997, Payne 2000 p9) (Allsop 1995, Payne 2000 p10) (Ovreteit 1997, Allsop 1995 p10) (Henderson 1966 p11) (DoH 1989 p11) (Molyneux, 2001 p19) (Hudson, 2002 p20) (Stapleton 1998 p22) (Cook, 2001 p21) (Irvine, 2002 p19) (Payne, 2000 p21) (Allen et al, 2002 p22) (Loxley, 1997 p23) * Social Work and Human Development by Karin Crawford and Janet Walker - (Obtained on the 29th November 2008) (Lord Laming, 2003 p13) * Collaboration in Social Work Practice by Jessica Kingsley Publishers- (Obtained on the 29th November 2008) (Whittington et al 2003, p1) Web links visited - http://www.chd.ubc.ca/files/file/ihhs/IHHS_405_Cadell_et_al.pdf (Obtained on the 27th November 2008) http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/7003811 (Obtained on the 27th November 2008) http://scholar.google.co.uk/ (Obtained on the 27th November 2008) 418575 1 ...read more.

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