Interdisciplinary working relationships of health care staff in late 20th century Britain: A cultural study of practices from the past and implications for the present.

Turner-Wilson, A. L., Crossen-White, H., Hemingway, A. and Fisher, R., 2018. Interdisciplinary working relationships of health care staff in late 20th century Britain: A cultural study of practices from the past and implications for the present. IAFOR Journal of Education. (In Press)

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Abstract

Interdisciplinary working is a common phenomenon in health care in many countries throughout the world, yet the United Kingdom cultural history of this employment model appears to be under-researched. A pilot study was therefore undertaken that sought to obtain insights into this form of working in clinical environments during the latter part of the 20th century in Britain. The participants were all retired British National Health Service (NHS) professionals. An oral history approach was used, and in addition participants were also encouraged to handle old historical medical objects dated to the time period under review. Three of the themes that emerged from the narrative data analysis, ‘hierarchy’ ‘altered hierarchy’ and ‘the family’, are discussed, and the authors review how these concepts acted as enablers, and sometimes barriers, within interdisciplinary working. The authors also question whether, in recent times, there has been a change to the sense of ‘belongingness’ that some of these ideas seemed to nurture. It is asked if, in the modern setting, some health care staff feel insecure as they no longer believe they are as supported, or as accepted by their interdisciplinary colleagues. The paper concludes by considering if the ideology of a ‘health care family’ could speak to those currently engaged in clinical work today.

Item Type:Article
ISSN:2187-0594
Uncontrolled Keywords:culture; health care; history
Group:Faculty of Health & Social Sciences
ID Code:30707
Deposited By: Unnamed user with email symplectic@symplectic
Deposited On:14 May 2018 14:39
Last Modified:14 May 2018 14:39

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