Inter-Professional Education Essay

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Identify and explain the benefits of Inter-Professional practice in Health and Social Care delivery. (200) When two or more professions learn from and about each other to improve collaboration and quality of care, it is known as inter-professional learning (Barr, 2005). This means that healthcare professionals share their knowledge, skills and expertise amongst other professionals, to enhance the patients’ health/social care experience. Inter-professional practice requires a multidisciplinary team approach to clinically analyse and treat patients, which improves decision making regarding patient care. In turn this reduces the number of mistakes made by professionals, which reduces the patients’ treatment and discharge times. Therefore this potentially lowers the cost of treatment in the NHS. Not only is inter-professional working beneficial to the patient but also to the health care professional as it changes their attitudes and perceptions to health care and enables them to establish common values and knowledge bases with other professions (Young et al, 2007). In turn this enhances the health care professionals’ motivation which is relayed to the patient, by improving their quality of care. Inter-professional working allows professionals to learn from each other and work outside their own remit, which enables professionals to support each other, which enhances the quality of care provided. Describe Professional Roles and the Professional Principles in relation to Health and Social Care provision. (200) A student physiotherapist’s role is to try to restore a patient with physical problems back to their functional ability as best possible. Physiotherapists work alongside GPs, nurses, occupational therapists, social workers and many other healthcare professionals to treat patients. The professional principles that underpin a Student Physiotherapists
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