Health workforce reform: dynamic shifts in the division of labour and the implications for interprofessional education and practice

Boyce, Rosalie A. and Borthwick, Alan and Moran, Monica and Nancarrow, Susan (2011) Health workforce reform: dynamic shifts in the division of labour and the implications for interprofessional education and practice. In: Sociology of interprofessional health care practice: critical reflections and conctrete solutions. Health Care Issues, Costs and Access. Nova Science Publishers, Inc., Hauppauge, NY. USA, pp. 185-205. ISBN 978-1-60876-866-0

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Reform of the healthcare workforce has become a central component of Government health policy initiatives across many of the Anglophone nations in recent years (Willis, 1983; Nancarrow and Borthwick, 2005; Allsop, 2006; Coburn, 2006). Innovative steps to ensure a healthcare workforce that is 'fit for purpose' are necessary to successfully address a looming crisis in healthcare provision (Boyce, 2008; Cameron and Masterson, 2003; Sibbald, Shen et al., 2004). In this chapter we explore health workforce reform from the perspective of the sociology of the professions and the inherent difficulties that the jurisdictional, boundary and competitive positions that underpin the notion of profession posits for implementing authentic interprofessional education and practice. By examining key features of the international workforce reform agenda together with the motivations of professions that are revealed from a sociological analysis, we show that the division of labour in healthcare is in a state of intense and dynamic change. These changes create a new challenge for interprofessional education and practice through an increased complexity of the health workforce arising from shifting boundaries, new roles and new types of workers.

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Item Type: Book Chapter (Commonwealth Reporting Category B)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Chapter 13.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Biological and Physical Sciences
Date Deposited: 25 Feb 2012 02:58
Last Modified: 10 Jul 2017 05:55
Uncontrolled Keywords: health workforce; interprofessional education; change management; workplace reform; health policy
Fields of Research : 16 Studies in Human Society > 1605 Policy and Administration > 160508 Health Policy
11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111709 Health Care Administration
13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130209 Medicine, Nursing and Health Curriculum and Pedagogy
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 92 Health > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920208 Health Policy Evaluation

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