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Interprofessional Collaboration in Social Work Practice

Interprofessional Collaboration in Social Work Practice

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October 2011 | 208 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

How can social workers be more effective in collaborative work? What are the skills, knowledge and values required for collaborative practice? How does collaborative social work practice impact on the experience of service-users and carers?


These questions are faced by social workers every day and interprofessional collaborative practice is high on the policy agenda for trainees and practitioners. Written primarily for social work students and practitioners, although having relevance across the wider range of stakeholders, this book explores the issues, benefits and challenges that interprofessional collaborative practice can raise. Chapter-by-chapter the book will encourage the reader to critically examine the political, legal, social and economic context of interprofessional practice. It also explores how social workers can work effectively and collaboratively with other professions while retaining their own values and identity.


Key features include:

- activities to illustrate the ways in which collaborative working can impact upon the experiences of service users, carers and practitioners;

- discussions looking at the different people and organisations with whom social workers might work in practice;

- examples of research and knowledge for practice;

- a glossary to act as a useful quick reference point for the reader;

- a companion website.


Engaging and well-written, each chapter also includes case studies, reflective questions and links to further reading and sources of information. Interprofessional Collaboration in Social Work Practice will be essential reading for social work qualifying students and for practitioners.

Introducing Interprofessional Collaborative Practice
The Context of Collaborative Practice
Understanding and Evaluating Contemporary Collaborative Practice
Working with Service Users and Carers in the Collaborative Environment
Implications of Collaborative Working Practice for the Individual Practitioner
The Contribution of Social Work to the Collaborative Environment
Professional Practice in the Collaborative Organization
Enhancing Individual Practice in the Collaborative Environment

'This excellent, accessible and well organised book will be invaluable to all students of social work. A range of activities, case studies and examples which will be useful in undergraduate and postgraduate training are included. Interprofessional Collaboration in Social Work Practice offers a new insight on the profession.' - Fran Fuller, Senior Lecturer in Social Work, University of Derby

'Engaging and readable, Karin Crawford has done a fine job in constructing this book as a learning tool.' - Mark Lymbery, Associate Professor of Social Work, University of Nottingham

'For someone beginning to engage in collaboration and considering how to be collaborative in their practice, this book introduces some foundational and valuable considerations. For those of us with more reading and experience it is a good reminder of what we can do to make collaborative relationships effective for communities and families.'

Karen Shepherd
Supervisor and Social Work Consultant
Aotearoa New Zealand Social Work

We wanted to make our interprofessional modules less hospital focused and support a social care focus too.

Mrs Lucy A Kirkham
Faculty of Health & Wellbeing, Sheffield Hallam University
November 30, 2016

Used on a course for professional social workers who work in adult safeguarding, the book gives a good overview on the benefits of collaborating with both professionals, carers and services users, a vital theme in this postgraduate programme.

Dr Robert J Hagan
Department of Sociology & Applied Social Studies, University of Ulster
November 26, 2015

This book discusses the historical context of collaborative practice and also looks at Social Work's contribution to it. It considers the implications of working with a number of different disciplines and the impact on the individual professional. A very helpful book, particularly for students on the degree course.

Mrs Ruth Mawdsley
Health and Social Care, Peterborough Regional College
April 27, 2014

Some good links between theory and practice. Chapter 5 I am going to recond for all my students to read.

Ms Allison Dunhill
Centre for Educational Studies, Hull University
March 15, 2014

An excellent resource for students studying modules around multi agency/ multi professional working..

Mrs Saajida Patel
School of Law, Justice & Community Std, Blackburn College
June 17, 2013

Interprofessional working is fundamental to all courses and it is valuable to understand the impact of social work professionals within the context of healthcare provision. Easily readable text with reflective triggers

Ms Karen Lumsden
Department of Adult Nursing Studies, Canterbury Christ Church University
May 12, 2013

Includes a good chapter on theoretical frameworks to support the understanding of interrelationships between professionals. Also, some useful exercises about professional identity.

Mrs Sue Williams
Centre for Social Work, Nottingham University
October 22, 2012

A useful addition to texts in this increasingly important area of social work. Activities and reflective practice questions are helpful to students, the glossary is helpful too.

Mr Dave Mason
Faculty of Health, Staffordshire University
April 2, 2012

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