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Exploring the dynamics of personal, professional and interprofessional ethics$
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Divya Jindal-Snape and Elizabeth F.S. Hannah

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781447308997

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447308997.001.0001

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The policy context

The policy context

user involvement – a case study in health and community settings (p.53)

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(p.52) Four The policy context
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Exploring the dynamics of personal, professional and interprofessional ethics
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Lesley Greenaway

Bridget Roberts

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447308997.003.0004

Professionals working across the caring professions are subject to new policy directions where government places communities at the heart of decision making, and where there is an expectation of greater user involvement and participation. This generates theoretical and practical challenges in terms of what constitutes authentic involvement, how this affects the relationship between professional and service user/client/consumer, and how participatory practices are supported and sustained. The authors draw on their shared and separate experiences as professional evaluators working in community settings and health in the UK and Australia to examine the development of their ethical practice, concepts of emancipatory learning and inquiry and some tensions and dilemmas inherent in user involvement: tokenism, clashing agendas, differing professional cultures and representation. Relationships, power and readiness are proposed as key factors in day to day decision making.

Keywords:   evaluation in community settings, research, community learning, power, community participation, community representation, community user involvement

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