Collaboration in Health and Welfare

Working with Difference

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Specialist knowledge in all caring professions is advancing rapidly but, the author argues, this cannot benefit generic patient care without collaboration between agencies and professionals working in medicine, nursing, social work, occupational therapy and physiotherapy, amongst others.

This study demystifies the concept of collaboration so that it can be widely understood. The author suggests a framework to enable collaboration to take place, and details the skills which can be used to facilitate the process. She concludes that interprofessional and interagency collaboration can be creative and exciting despite the problems involved, and should be a taught and resourced part of each professions's repertoire of skills, organisation and culture.

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Press reviews for: Collaboration in Health and Welfare

Issues In Social Work Education

One feature of the book is a tendency to summarise and re-cap from time to time. I found this helpful as a way of reinforcing the key points. A useful appendix of relevant Acts and Public Reports and a list of national co-ordinating bodies which promote shared working. Overall, this is a book which is essential for educational and agency libraries, valuable for professional educators wishing to explore a familiar issue in more depth and useful for students and practitioners working in the health care field.

The British Journal Of General Practice

The last short chapter of this book does much to ease the difficulty of understanding across boundaries. It focuses on basic values that can be shared.

Community Care

Students may find it a useful introduction to collaboration in the context of social theory

CAIPE Bulletin (Centre for the Advancement of Interprofessional Education)

It is refreshing to read a book on collaboration wholly written by one person... This enables a longer, more thorough reflection on the topic. The book raises many ideas and concludes with a plea for the development of a more coherent conceptual framework.

Journal of Interprofessional Care

A succinct but wide-ranging critique of collaboration in health and social care.

British Journal of Social Work

This provides a useful analysis for practitioners seeking a theoretical standpoint through which to understand the day-to-day dilemmas of interagency working. The reader is left with a balanced view between the difficulties involved in collaboration and the potential benefits in terms of addressing health and social care tasks of cure, prevention, health promotion and maintenance. This is encapsulated within a political and historical context to enable those with an interest in collaborative working to make the transition from issues at the interpersonal level to the wider macro one.

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