Interprofessional Collaboration: From Policy to Practice in Health and Social Careby Audrey Leathard
Interprofessional Collaboration highlights the benefits and factors arising from working together for patients, service users and carers through a review of theoretical models
Interprofessional collaboration in the health and social care services has become a commanding force, spear-headed by the Government's modernisation programme to improve partnership.
Interprofessional Collaboration highlights the benefits and factors arising from working together for patients, service users and carers through a review of theoretical models illustrated by relevant examples. Discussion of topical problems being faced by practitioners, managers, and policy-makers in the health and social care sector covers:
*Policy issues from various interprofessional angles, including the place of management, ethical issues and technology
*The application of policy to practice in working together across professions, sectors and communities, giving an overview of teamwork, new primary care policies, interprofessional agendas for family support and mental health, and users' and carers' perspectives on collaboration in practice
*Policy and practice in learning together, including theoretical challenges and developments internationally.
Relevant for all those that have an interest in matters of health, social care, welfare and caring, Interprofessional Collaboration provides comprehensive coverage on interprofessional education and policy in the UK and abroad.
Description: The purpose of this book is to provide examples of interprofessional collaboration in health and social care in the U.K. and abroad. It covers issues relating to both policy and practice in a manner that allows for a balance between the past and the present while providing a vision for the future.
Purpose: The author outlines the purpose of the book as providing an updated review and new approaches to interprofessional collaboration which are needed to move into the 21st century with vision for the future. Particularly pertinent is the approach to provide a balance between what can be gained from the past and present to enable future possibilities within the linked context of both policy and practice. These are worthy objectives. The book meets the editor's objectives through her own input and that of qualified contributors.
Audience: According to the editor, the book is written for those interested in a number of the inter-related areas of health, social care and welfare. It addresses policy makers, educators, hospital personnel including physicians and nurses, allied health professionals such as osteopaths and occupational therapists, pharmacists, health educators, dental carers, social workers, formal and informal caregivers, clergy and police, probation and housing officers as well as other executives, managers, and staff in private, voluntary and governmental health, welfare and social care organizations. The editor is a credible authority in the field and has succeeded in compiling a book that addresses the intended audience.
Features: The book is organized in three sections covering 24 chapters. The first section covers policy and interprofessional issues including background statements and definitions of terms used in describing interprofessional developments and the challenges they face including the role of management, dynamics, ethics, technology and models involved in such collaboration. The second section deals with subjects ranging from policy to practice emphasizing issues impacting collaboration across professions, sectors and communities. Examples include the clinical teamwork and the difficulties that different policies may play as a compromising role; the U.K.'s experience with modernization of primary care services and the governmental commitment to cross-boundary programs; health alliances; experience of some voluntary organizations in collaborative efforts as a form of family support; safeguarding children and serving special groups such as the elderly, the disabled, the mentally ill, and the homeless through interprofessional and interagency collaboration while addressing problems and their solutions, incentives, myths and realities of interprofessional work. The third section includes excellent presentations of the educational models that will facilitate interprofessional collaboration through the process of learning together while preparing for serving effectively in the areas of health, welfare, and social care. This section provides critical analysis and examples derived from the work of national and international agencies including service and academic organizations in the U.K., Canada, Norway, and Hong Kong as well as a global perspective on interprofessional work and education. I liked the philosophical perspectives of the book on education and services in the areas of health, social care, and welfare. Also, I appreciated the inclusion of an early discussion covering both the advantages and disadvantages of interprofessional work in practice as well as the concluding remarks that encourage the process of learning from experiences while looking forward as we design the future of the important area of professional collaboration.
Assessment: This is an excellent book in its orientation, content, and method of delivery. Interprofessional collaboration in health and social care education and services is long overdue and this book makes the case that an action oriented plan must be put in place to forward this concept and gain its implementation on the broadest scale possible.
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Meet the Author
Audrey Leathard is Visiting Professor of the Interprofessional Studies, South Bank University, London and author of Going Interprofessional.
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