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The role of joint training in practitioner development for learning disability services

The role of joint training in practitioner development for learning disability services

Sims, David (2008) The role of joint training in practitioner development for learning disability services. The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, 2 (5). pp. 207-214. ISSN 1833-1882

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Abstract

This paper reports on the development and outcomes of professional training programmes in England in which undergraduates jointly qualify in learning disability nursing and social work. Drawing on evidence from a national study carried out as part of a doctoral research thesis, it explores the influence of this training on practitioners who graduated from five universities. Questions about the professional identity of graduates are discussed and the relevance of joint training to interprofessional practice is evaluated. Data was collected through a survey administered through the universities to their ex-graduates followed by semi-structured interviews with graduates working in learning disability services. The results suggest that graduates have a holistic, inter-professional orientation towards practice and hold a breadth of knowledge and skills. Some skills gaps were identified at the point of qualification as well as the dilemma of having to choose between two professions. The paper makes reference to the work of Bernstein (2000) to situate joint training in a newly created region of knowledge and a new professional space between two disciplines.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This paper was given at The Second International Conference on Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, held 10-13 July 2007, at University of Granada, Spain. (see also http://gala.gre.ac.uk/2603).
Uncontrolled Keywords: joint training, interprofessional education, learning disability nursing, social work, professional identity
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
R Medicine > RT Nursing
Pre-2014 Departments: School of Health & Social Care
School of Health & Social Care > Family Care & Mental Health Department
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Last Modified: 14 Oct 2016 09:17
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/6720

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