Interprofessional working: Cultures, identities and conceptualisations of practice

Collins, F. (2011) Interprofessional working: Cultures, identities and conceptualisations of practice. Doctoral theses, University of Southampton; University of Chichester.

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The relationship between poor interprofessional working and child tragedies has been made apparent by numerous inquiries into child deaths. In seeking to address the well documented problems of professional communication, cooperation and collaboration; transformation in the structure (Children's Trusts) and delivery of services (integrated teams) for children and young people was initiated under the UK New Labour government (DfES, 2004). Focused on early interventions to meet the additional needs of children, the Common Assessment Framework brings together professionally and vocationally qualified practitioners from statutory, public and voluntary agencies. This research charts the origins and evolution of interprofessional practice in the context of children and young people highlighting historically important cases. Key developments in the legislative, social and cultural contexts and the effects of their interactions are scrutinised to aid further understanding of present day structures and practice. Semi-structured interview data was analysed to generate themes at individual and practitioner group level. Utilisation of the qualitative methodology Interpretative Phenomenological Analyses supported identification of three super-ordinate themes: Roles, Identities and Relationships, Change and Adaptation and Conflict and Contradictions. Theoretical connections with the literature on identity are explored providing insight into objectives, learning and new forms of practice. Drawing on ideas from Cultural Historical Activity Theory the implications for policy and practice are assessed. The thesis answers the call for the greater application of theory to interprofessional working (IPW) and education (IPE) contexts. Furthermore the research prioritises the perspective of the practitioner generating greater understanding of what it means to work collaboratively. Research findings pertain to the double binds experienced by practitioners which impeded collaboration but also generated unexpected innovations in practice and the identification of different practice orientations amongst professionally and vocationally qualified practitioners. The research concludes by asserting that partnership and child centred practice are being distorted by a performance culture.

Publication Type: Theses (Doctoral)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare > HV40 Social service. Social work. Charilty organisation and pracitce > HV697 Protection, assistance and relief > HV701 Children
Divisions: Academic Areas > Institute of Education, Social and Life Sciences > Social Work and Social Care
Student Research > Doctoral
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Depositing User: Debbie Bogard
Date Deposited: 15 Jul 2013 14:07
Last Modified: 07 Oct 2021 08:22

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