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Professional Identity in Multi‐Disciplinary Teams: The Staff Speak

Ann Workman (Tremeduna Integrated Partnership Team)
Jeremy Pickard (North East Strategic Health Authority)

Journal of Integrated Care

ISSN: 1476-9018

Article publication date: 1 June 2008

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.

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Workman, A. and Pickard, J. (2008), "Professional Identity in Multi‐Disciplinary Teams: The Staff Speak", Journal of Integrated Care, Vol. 16 No. 3, pp. 29-37. https://doi.org/10.1108/14769018200800023

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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