“Interprofessional working involves complex interactions between two or more members of different professional disciplines. It is a collaborative venture in which those involved share the common purpose of developing mutually negotiated goals achieved through agreed plans which are monitored and evaluated according to agreed procedures. This requires the pooling of knowledge and expertise to facilitate joint decision making based upon shared professional viewpoints” (Barrett, Sellman & Thomas, 2005, p18). How individuals collaborate and work towards a common goal for the benefit of the patient is essential for a swift recovery. This essay will discuss the roles and responsibilities of three health care professionals in the rehabilitation process of Mr Robinson and how their collaboration will ensure his timely recovery. One of the selected professionals will be explored in significant detail, discussing legal and moral issues and statutory regulations of their practice, using both examples and reflection from clinical placement and the group presentation. Evaluating Mr Robinson’s medical history the three professionals that I have chosen to discuss are; speech and language therapist, physiotherapist and social worker. Since the passing of his wife he has reported a loss of appetite, reduced mobility, and difficulties in maintaining his daily routine/regime. By helping him with these issues he would be able to regain a good quality of living. Speech and language therapists (SALT) assess and treat speech, language and communication problems in people of all ages enabling them to communicate to the best of their ability. They also work with people who have eating and swallowing problems (The NHS, 2006). The nurses and doctors who care for Mr Robinson may have concerns regarding his weight loss and initially refer him to the SALT team. The team work in a variety of settings and it is their responsibility to assess Mr Robinson’s eating and communication difficulties in order to eliminate any physical or neurological impairment that may affect his ability to swallow. Following an initial assessment the team would collectively decide if a further referral to a dietician is necessary.
The role of the physiotherapist is to help restore movement and function to as near normal as possible when someone is affected by injury, illness, surgery or other disability. It uses physical approaches to promote, maintain and restore physical, psychological and social well-being, taking account of variations in health status (The Royal Free, 2011). Physiotherapists assist in the rehabilitation of patients in paediatric, mental health, stroke, orthopaedic wards as well as with patients in palliative care. Mr Robinson would be referred to a physiotherapist by his consultant due to his recent fall, to improve his confidence and regain his independence. They would conduct an assessment to establish a benchmark of Mr Robinson’s current mobility, following which a plan would be put into place to assist him to reach a level at which he feels he can return home. As advisor, advocate, counsellor or listener, a social worker helps people to live more successfully within their local communities by helping them find solutions to their problems. Social work involves engaging not only with clients but their families and friends as well as working closely with other organisations including the police, NHS, schools and probation service (Social Work Careers, 2006). Mr Robinson could be allocated a social worker, to provide counselling to help him come to terms with the loss of his wife. Making regular visits to his home would assist him in managing his daily life to ensure that he is coping with day-to-day activities such as cooking, cleaning and self-care and he could be introduced to the idea of more social meetings including bereavement discussion groups. I have chosen to examine the role of the physiotherapist in the...
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