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EthicsContemporary challenges in health and social care$
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Audrey Leathard and Susan McLaren

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9781861347558

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861347558.001.0001

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Ethics and interprofessional care

Ethics and interprofessional care

(p.97) Seven Ethics and interprofessional care

Audrey Leathard

Policy Press

This chapter looks at ethics and interprofessional care. It reviews the four ethical principles of beneficence, confidentiality, accountability, and collaborative governance, in the light of the rising importance of collaborative governance in working together across health and social care, termed interprofessional care. Care trusts also come under focus, where structurally some 32 local health and social care services have amalgamated into joint trusts. Collaborative governance is shown to have played a significant part in the context of joint provision across the services involved. However, while the term ‘partnership working’ has increasingly come to the fore in this context, a key ethical issue is that partnerships must ensure that the arrangements benefit users.

Keywords:   beneficence, confidentiality, accountability, collaborative governance, health care, social care, care trusts

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