Interprofessional working: Opportunities and challenges
Kenny, G. (2002) Interprofessional working: Opportunities and challenges. Nursing Standard, 17 (6). pp. 33-35. ISSN 0029-6570
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Publisher's URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.7748/ns2002.10.17.6.33.c3286
Interprofessional working is a concept that has an impact on nursing and the care delivered. However, this article argues that it continues to remain a poorly understood term in clinical practice. It explores the implications of interprofessional working and argues that the term ‘interprofessional’ encompasses three separate but connected dynamics. These are: ■ Philosophy–new ways of working. ■ Policy initiatives that seek to create a structure where interprofessional working can be implemented. ■ Patients receiving improved care with delivery based on evidence and efficient use of resources. The article seeks to show how nursing can actively engage with this process to a positive effect, and that the values and focus of holistic care can be integral to modern healthcare delivery.