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The Role of Social Work in Cross-Professional Teamwork: Examples from an Older People's Team in England

Melin Emilsson, Ulla LU (2011) In British Journal of Social Work
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There are numerous of challenges confronting social work with older people. In Sweden, this is scarcely discussed, which is interesting in light of the radical organisational change in 1992, when all eldercare became a municipal responsibility governed by the Social Service Act. At this point in time, a decisive change was also introduced in England. The legislative changes have had a major impact on the roles and tasks of social work with older people. The overarching aim of this paper is to discuss the role of social work in cross-professional teamwork focused on older people. A multidisciplinary older people's team in the English Midlands, consisting of fifteen members from different professions,... (More)
Abstract in Undetermined

There are numerous of challenges confronting social work with older people. In Sweden, this is scarcely discussed, which is interesting in light of the radical organisational change in 1992, when all eldercare became a municipal responsibility governed by the Social Service Act. At this point in time, a decisive change was also introduced in England. The legislative changes have had a major impact on the roles and tasks of social work with older people. The overarching aim of this paper is to discuss the role of social work in cross-professional teamwork focused on older people. A multidisciplinary older people's team in the English Midlands, consisting of fifteen members from different professions, was followed. Theories of cross-professional teamwork and inter-professional rivalries were used. The findings demonstrated a collaborative cross-professional teamwork and the different roles were genuinely complementary and not competitive. Social work was an integrated part; thus, it seemed to have an impact on health care for older people in this context. It suggests that it might be time to move on from the excessively pessimistic view and we hope that this statement may also be valid for the situation in Sweden. (Less)
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  abstract     = {<b>Abstract in Undetermined</b><br/><br>
There are numerous of challenges confronting social work with older people. In Sweden, this is scarcely discussed, which is interesting in light of the radical organisational change in 1992, when all eldercare became a municipal responsibility governed by the Social Service Act. At this point in time, a decisive change was also introduced in England. The legislative changes have had a major impact on the roles and tasks of social work with older people. The overarching aim of this paper is to discuss the role of social work in cross-professional teamwork focused on older people. A multidisciplinary older people's team in the English Midlands, consisting of fifteen members from different professions, was followed. Theories of cross-professional teamwork and inter-professional rivalries were used. The findings demonstrated a collaborative cross-professional teamwork and the different roles were genuinely complementary and not competitive. Social work was an integrated part; thus, it seemed to have an impact on health care for older people in this context. It suggests that it might be time to move on from the excessively pessimistic view and we hope that this statement may also be valid for the situation in Sweden.},
  author       = {Melin Emilsson, Ulla},
  issn         = {0045-3102},
  keyword      = {Social work and health,Ageing and older people,Social Care},
  language     = {eng},
  publisher    = {Oxford University Press},
  series       = {British Journal of Social Work},
  title        = {The Role of Social Work in Cross-Professional Teamwork: Examples from an Older People's Team in England},
  year         = {2011},
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