Professional Identity in Multi‐Disciplinary Teams: The Staff Speak

Professional Identity in Multi‐Disciplinary Teams: The Staff Speak This paper reflects on the experience of an integrated multi‐disciplinary team over three years. We argue that initial anxieties about dilution of professional identity have not been realised in practice, partly because they were over‐stated in the first place, partly because of good planning and partly because the benefits of integrated working are so evident to professional staff that their confidence in their contribution is enhanced. We also suggest that new roles can make a substantial contribution to integrated working. The evidence for these conclusions is mainly the views of the staff involved. The article concludes with two individual case studies which highlight improved user outcomes. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Integrated Care Emerald Publishing

Professional Identity in Multi‐Disciplinary Teams: The Staff Speak

Journal of Integrated Care, Volume 16 (3): 9 – Jun 1, 2008

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Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 2008 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.
ISSN
1476-9018
DOI
10.1108/14769018200800023
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Abstract

This paper reflects on the experience of an integrated multi‐disciplinary team over three years. We argue that initial anxieties about dilution of professional identity have not been realised in practice, partly because they were over‐stated in the first place, partly because of good planning and partly because the benefits of integrated working are so evident to professional staff that their confidence in their contribution is enhanced. We also suggest that new roles can make a substantial contribution to integrated working. The evidence for these conclusions is mainly the views of the staff involved. The article concludes with two individual case studies which highlight improved user outcomes.

Journal

Journal of Integrated CareEmerald Publishing

Published: Jun 1, 2008

Keywords: Integrated Health; Social Care and Housing; Professional Identity; Multi‐Disciplinary Teams; Integrated Team

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