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Module Title
Interdisciplinary Practice

Interdisciplinary, Inter-agency, Professionalism.

SCQF Points15
ECTS Points7.5
CreatedMay 2002
ApprovedJune 2002
AmendedJanuary 2010
Revision No.5
Prerequisites for Module

Successful completion of Stage 3 modules or equivalent.

Corequisite Modules


Precluded Modules


Aims of Module

To enable the student to analyse the processes which impede and facilitate interdisciplinary and inter-agency work and apply the understanding to enhance their contribution to interdisciplinary practice.

Learning Outcomes for Module

On completion of this module, students are expected to be able to:

1. Analyse the processes which impact on the functioning of interdisciplinary teams.
2. Analyse the processes which impact on inter-agency working.
3. Apply an understanding of interdisciplinary and inter-agency working to practice.

Indicative Module Content

The nature of professionalism and the impact on professions of organisational change. An exploration of varying approaches to risk assessment, risk management and decision making. An exploration of different traditions of support/supervision within the professions and their implications for interdisciplinary teams. Consideration of roles, boundaries, skills overlap and skills mix. Authority and leadership within interdisciplinary teams. Conflict resolution and management of difference within interdisciplinary teams. An exploration of collaborative and competitive inter-agency working. Inter-agency practice with regard to the control and rationing of resources. An analysis of the links between inter-agency practice and service delivery co-ordination. Strategies for evaluating the effectiveness of interdisciplinary and inter-agency working.
The content also reflects the knowledge, skills and professional confidence and competence requirements of the Key Capabilities in Child Care and Protection (Scottish Executive, 2006)

Indicative Student Workload

Contact Hours

Full TimeDistance Learning

Directed Study



Private Study



Mode of Delivery

Full Time - This module will be delivered by the use of lectures and seminars consisting of a combination of Social Work, Nursing, Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy students.
Distance Learning - A combination of introductory lectures and workshops, independent private study using prepared materials, reinforced by tutorial contact.

Assessment Plan

Learning Outcomes Assessed
Component 1 1,2,3

All learning outcomes are assessed by an essay.

Indicative Bibliography

1.Barrett, G. et al, 2005.Interprofessional Working in Health and Social Care: Professional Perspectives. Palgrave.
2.Mclean, T., 2007. Interdisciplinary Practice in Lishman, J (Ed.) Handbook for Practice Learning in Social Work and Social Care. Jessica Kingsley.
3.MathiasS, P. et al. (Eds.)1997. Interprofessional Working for Health and Social Care. Palgrave.
4.Peck, E., & Dickinson, H.,2008. Managing and Leading in Inter-agency Settings. The Policy Press.
5.Quinney,A.and Hafford-Letchfield,T.2012. Interprofessional Social Work. Effective Collaborative Approaches. 2nd ed. London. Sage.

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