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Exploring multi-professionalism and the changing roles of health professionals within Sure Start

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Elaine Hall, Professor Jill ClarkORCiD



This document reports on one of these particular case studies - the exploration of multi-professional working within Sure Start, in particular the experience of health professionals. Background information is presented, with supporting references and research work, which underpins the context of multi-professional working, and the difficulties faced by professionals working in environments such as Sure Start programmes. In consultation with the programme co-ordinators, several key research questions were identified and the research process took place in three phases: reflection exercises, network diagrams and individual interviews. Data collected is presented, alongside analysis, results and discussion of the main themes which emerged. Conclusions include: • The ‘multi-professional’ knows who she is and: • Connection with key areas of professional practice and core beliefs are maintained • Existing knowledge and networks are used • Experiment and risk-taking are embraced • Combining new work, liaison and support is the main challenge • Moving innovative practice back in to mainstream is a priority. External barriers to multi-professional working are: • Lack of understanding about Sure Start • Uncertainty or cynicism about ‘mainstreaming’ • Caseloads of professional colleagues • Lack of overt and continuous structural support from management in the various ‘domains’.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Hall E, Clark J

Publication type: Report

Publication status: Published

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Year: 2006

Pages: 1-23

Source Publication Date: 01-04-2006

Institution: Centre for Learning and Teaching

Place Published: University of Newcastle upon Tyne