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The making of the interprofessional arena in the United Kingdom: a social and political history.

Green, Christopher (2014) 'The making of the interprofessional arena in the United Kingdom: a social and political history.' J Interprof Care, 28 (2). 116 - 122. ISSN 1469-9567

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Abstract

This article offers a critical sociological rendering of the making of the interprofessional arena in the United Kingdom. It offers an interpretation of the conditions that led to the formation, expansion and development of the interprofessional arena using a social worlds/arenas lens of secondary data. I propose that the making of the interprofessional arena has been achieved in three historiographical phases. First, the "recognition of the professionalisation conundrum" that led to the intuitive assumption that interprofessional education (IPE) could lead to improved collaboration in practice and improved outcomes. Second, the "legitimisation" of the interprofessional assumption through the development of networks, building consensus, nurturing an evidence base and negotiating with policymakers. Third, "Talking up and acting up" the interprofessional agenda by developing global communities of practice, pandering to a neoliberal agenda, disseminating exemplars of good practice and encouraging practical changes within diverse settings. Articulating these historical "moments" may allow us insights into the conditions that have created the contemporary interprofessional arena and offer us ways of considering how present conditions may re-shape the discourses that constitute the interprofessional arena of the future.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Education, Professional, Health Occupations, History, 20th Century, History, 21st Century, Humans, Interprofessional Relations, Politics, United Kingdom
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
L Education > L Education (General)
L Education > LA History of education
Divisions: Faculty of Science and Health > Health and Social Care, School of
Depositing User: Christopher Green
Date Deposited: 22 Jul 2015 09:03
Last Modified: 27 Nov 2018 16:15
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/14300

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