The NHS reforms increased emphasis on a managerial culture. In primary care this raised questions about responsibility and philosophical approaches. Greater integration between agencies brings benefits, but creates tensions. Failure to bridge the gap may result in dysfunctional teams and compromised quality of patient care. The different orientations may manifest themselves in several ways but lead to frictions that can breed hostility and prevent effective teamwork. Explores issues involving social service and community nurse teams in Dorset to identify a new framework for working, by recognizing and respecting differences and by creating a climate of dialogue. The process involves three stages. First, mutual awareness by use of meta planning which revealed several important themes, different priorities, political dynamics and organizational constraints. Second, behavioural contracting facilitated by role reversal and third, the development of consensus working protocols as a bridge for professional gaps.
Fitzsimmons, P. and White, T. (1997), "Crossing boundaries: communication between professional groups", Journal of Management in Medicine, Vol. 11 No. 2, pp. 96-101. https://doi.org/10.1108/02689239710177747Download as .RIS
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