Professionalism and interprofessionalism in health and community care: some theoretical issues

  • John Carrier
  • Ian Kendall


In this chapter the authors examine the concept of professionalism in the context of current changes in health and welfare services. The exclusivity and autonomous status of the professional within bureaucratic public service organisations is challenged by the concept of interprofessional collaboration, which demands that professionals share resources, knowledge and responsibility. Issues of professional and political power are analysed in relation to public policy which advocates a market in health and social care and a greater emphasis on voluntarism and consumerism. The authors suggest that these changes may lead inevitably to a process of deprofessionalisation.


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