This book is about how people from different professions and agencies work together to meet the health and social needs of people in a community. It is about making the most of different skills to meet people's needs, and creating satisfying and supportive working groups. It is about the details of making community care a reality.
The effectiveness and quality of care a person receives depends on getting the right professionals and services, and also on the support given to the person's careers. Services must be coordinated if the person is to benefit, but coordination is more difficult with the increasing change, variety and complexity of health and social services in the 1990s. This book challenges the assumptions that services are best coordinated by multi-professional and multi-agency teams, and that community care teams are broadly similar. It demonstrates when a team is needed and how to overcome differences between professions, and between agency policies and philosophies.
Drawing on ten years of consultancy research with a variety of teams and services, the author gives practical guidance for managers and practitioners about how to set up and improve coordination and teamwork. The book combines practical concerns with theoretical depth drawing on organization and management theory, psychology, psychoanalysis, sociology, economics and government studies.
Series: UK Higher Education OUP Humanities & Social Sciences Health & Social Welfare
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 1st June 1993
Publisher: Open University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88
Weight (kg): 0.41
Edition Number: 2