Applying a theory of expertise in health social work administration and practice

Nilsson, David, Ryan, Martin and Miller, Jane (2007) Applying a theory of expertise in health social work administration and practice. Social Work in Health Care, 44(4), pp. 1-16. ISSN (print) 0098-1389

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Social workers in health care have been urged to identify the nature of their expertise and to articulate profession specific roles (Peckuconis et al., 2003). This paper reports on the use of a theory of professional expertise (Fook, Ryan, & Hawkins, 2000) in management and clinical practice within two Australian hospital social work settings. This theory, directly applicable to social work, was applied within these hospitals to differentiate levels in social work industrial awards, in staff selection, in supervision and continuing professional development. Specific and broader implications for application of this theory are discussed.

Item Type: Article
Research Area: Health services research
Social work and social policy and administration
Faculty, School or Research Centre: Faculty of Health and Social Care Sciences (until 2013)
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Date Deposited: 05 Oct 2015 09:58
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