This paper argues at a time when policy guidance urged closer collaboration and joint working between health and social services, the long-established cultural and professional gaps were widening and deteriorating.
Drawing on data from four research sites, the paper argues that the deterioration was rooted principally in practitioners'preoccupations with changes within their own organizations and daily work, resulting from a major period of change in both health and social services, which, ironically, was at the expense of the joint working which the « Caring for People » reforms required.
As the policy environment changes again, under the Labour government, it is likely that health and social care practitioners will be working within further organizational turbulence and change.
It will be crucial that those changes are managed in such a way that they avoid the very real danger of compounding the problems which our respondents identified.
Mots-clés Pascal : Royaume Uni, Politique sanitaire, Système santé
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : United Kingdom, Health policy, Health system
Notice produite par :
ENSP - Ecole nationale de la santé publique (devenue EHESP)
Cote : 99/06 V
Code Inist : 002B30A07. Création : 16/11/1999.