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Professional identities, inter-professional relationships and collaborative working : an investigation using a constructivist phenomenological approach

Ross, Angela (2005) Professional identities, inter-professional relationships and collaborative working : an investigation using a constructivist phenomenological approach. Doctoral thesis, University of Huddersfield.

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    This research project sets out to explore, analyse and theorise the way district nurses
    and social care workers construe their identity, and their relationships within the
    changing context of collaborative projects. Unlike previous research in this field, this
    project offers an alternative, relational view of exploring professional identities and
    inter-professional relationships. The research adopted a constructivist
    phenomenological approach drawing upon the theories of personal construct
    psychology (Kelly, 1955) and existential phenomenology (Merleau Ponty, 1962), as
    elaborated by Butt (2004, 1998).

    The project consists of three studies. The first empirical work is a preliminary study
    using individual interviews of students undertaking degree courses in community
    nursing or social work. This study is concerned with examining the students' concepts
    of what it means to belong to a particular occupational group and the influences that
    shape their ideas. Using focus groups and individual interviews, the second study
    explores how district nurses and social care workers negotiate their identity as a result
    of national changes and service developments. The final study explores interprofessional
    relationships of individual district nurses and social care workers, using
    reflective interview techniques (Hargreave, 1979, Salmon, 2003).

    In keeping with phenomenological methodology, data was analysed using template
    analysis (King, 2004). A number of emerging constructs were identified that highlight
    the personal, historical and contextual influences upon professional role construction
    and inter-professional relationships, notably: visibility and recognition, role flexibility
    and rigidity. In particular the findings illustrate how professional identity is
    constructed, challenged, and reconstructed, through on-going interaction. To facilitate
    role re-construction and sociality, the reflective interview techniques were adapted
    and extended to encourage practitioners to reflect upon their every-day practice and
    relationships when working in a multi-disciplinary setting.

    Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
    Additional Information: EThOS Persistent ID
    Subjects: R Medicine > RT Nursing
    H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
    R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
    Schools: School of Human and Health Sciences
    Depositing User: Graham Stone
    Date Deposited: 03 Jun 2009 13:39
    Last Modified: 28 Jul 2010 19:37


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