Leading multi-professional teams in the children’s workforce: an action research project

Stuart, Kaz (Karen) (2012) Leading multi-professional teams in the children’s workforce: an action research project. International Journal of Integrated Care, 12 (e1).

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Abstract

Introduction: The 2004 Children Act in the UK saw the introduction of integrated working in children’s services. A raft of change followed with processes designed to make joint working easier, and models and theories to support the development of integrated work. This paper explores the links between key concepts and practice.
Methods: A practitioner action research approach is taken using an autoethnographic account kept over six months. The research question was, to what extent is this group collaborating?
Results: When the architecture of practice was revealed, differences between espoused and real practice could be seen. Whilst understanding and displaying the outward signs of an effective multi professional group, the individuals did not trust one another. This was exhibited by covert interprofessional issues. As a result, collaborative inertia was achieved. This realisation prompted them to participate in further developmental and participative action research.
Conclusion: The paper concludes that trust and relational agency are central to effective leadership of multi professional teams.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: International Journal of Integrated Care
Publisher: Ubiquity Press
ISSN: 1568-4156
Departments: Faculty of Health and Science > Health, Psychology and Social Studies > Working with Children and Families
Depositing User: Anna Lupton
Date Deposited: 08 Feb 2017 14:36
Last Modified: 17 Mar 2017 17:51
URI: http://insight.cumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/2663

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