Craighalbert Centre
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Craighalbert Centre

How We Do It

Integrated Collaborative Co-professional Working

The concept of inter-professional practice has been identified as a ‘good thing’ in the health professions with a growing consensus that such practice contributes to improved quality, communication, efficiency. We are committed to integrated and collaborative co-professional worling and believe that SCCMI's approach is an examplar of GIRFEC in action. 

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has expressed its support for inter-professional working through the statement: “working in a team enables professions to solve complex health problems that cannot be adequately dealt with by one profession” with the Royal College of General Practitioners, while also believing that integrated working leads to better outcomes, stating that its implementation is patchy, reflecting the barriers to its implementation.

SCCMI’s Conceptual Approach

As a leading Scottish organisation addressing the needs of children with neurological conditions, it is apposite for SCCMI to implement the World Health Organisation’s principles through what is termed integrated, collaborative, or co-professional working.

The logic behind SCCMI’s integrated, collaborative, co-professional working is that a child with a neurological deficit has a range of inter-related difficulties associated with eg cognition, learning abilities, motor abilities, functional abilities and communication. These difficulties are not separated in the child’s mind and body and present an integrated set of negative and complex circumstances for the child. SCCMI’s co-professional approach addresses the child’s difficulties in a similarly integrated and holistic manner, from a range of various and relevant professional perspectives. 

Integrated, collaborative and co-professional working therefore enables staff drawn from a range of appropriate professional disciplines including eg teachers, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists and early years practitioners, to work in an integrated manner that can offer a collective and cohesive approach, but employ specialist knowledge when required. 

The objective of co-professional working is that staff operate as a cohesive and focused group, delivering services in a holistic manner to a group of children, deliberately blurring the edges between the professions and attempting to ensure that the whole of the SCCMI’s workforce is greater than the sum of the individual parts. In ensuring that ‘the whole is greater than the sum of the parts’, the collective multi-professional team effort requires to be greater than the effect of each member of team working individually. Therefore where appropriate, each professional within the team contributes to elements of the work of other professionals, in addition to undertaking their own practice, providing this does not interfere with the basis of their own work. 

SCCMI staff apply energy and commitment to ensure integrated, collaborative and co-professional practice is effective, with key elements which provide specific foci for teams through which they can concentrate and converge their attentions including:
- ensuring a coherent plan for each child, 
- ensuring an overall plan for a group of children, and
- guiding the child towards achieving predetermined and achievable goals. 
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