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1 Social work and general medical practice: Revisiting Huntington Jill Manthorpe Social Work History Network 19 March 2014

2 Mosaic of accounts of social work in primary care June Huntington (1981) Social Work and General Medical Practice: Collaboration or Conflict? Allen and Unwin Jill Manthorpe and Steve Iliffe (2003) Professional predictions: June Huntington's perspectives on joint working, 20 years on. Journal of Interprofessional Care. 17(1):85-94; Editorial discussion pp 95-6.

3 Reviews and Reactions 1 British Journal of Social Work (1982) 12 (1): (Marie Borland)

4 Reviews and Reactions 2 ‘While Huntington deals only with social work and medicine, what she says is really a generic critique of the problems inherent in all collaborative efforts in health care, whether they involve nursing, social work, medicine, or family therapy.’ Review of ‘Social work and general medical practice: Collaboration or conflict’ by Michael L., Glenn, Family Systems Medicine, 5(1), , 1987.

5 Why the study in 2003? Investigations of forms of collaboration – then badged as ‘modernising’ Work of JH considered as one of few with multiple perspectives Very clear realist approach – not proselytising Good social science – observation Authenticity – help in seeing problems were long-standing, possibly tractable, and not simply a matter of policy encouragement…

6 Is it still important and is it interesting? Current context of integration Sociological insights as a research paradigm Insights of non social workers Global themes (in developed world) Model Social Work Practices on GP Practices (Le Grand) Recruit social work students like Medics (Croisdale-Appleby) Enduring inter-professional communication issues (see Serious Case Reviews)

7 Social work & General Practice JH work in context: earlier accounts ‘Social Work in General Practice’ Marie Dongray, BA., AMIA, Social Worker, Darbyshire House Health Centre, University of Manchester. British Medical Journal, 1220, 1958

8 Precursors of research on social work in general practice 1968 & 1972 Article: SOCIAL WORK IN GENERAL PRACTICE, The Lancet Vol.292, Issue 7567, 1968, pp 552–555 E.M. Goldberg (DIRECTOR OF RESEARCH), J. Neill (SOCIAL WORKER), B.M. Speak, Ph.D. Lond. (STATISTICIAN), H.C. Faulkner, M.R.C.S., L.R.C.P. (GENERAL PRACTITIONER, CAVERSHAM CENTRE, LONDON) Later from Social Work perspective Social Work in General Practice (Goldberg and Neill, 1972);

9 Example from GP perspective Elisabeth Daly & Hugh Faulkner (both Cavendish Centre) (1973) Social Work and Primary Medical Care, The Lancet, 301 (7813), pp 1171–72

10 JUNE HUNTINGTON’S WORK: A SYNTHESIS

11 JH as sociologist June Huntington (1974) Social work and the sociology of occupations, Australian Social Work, 27(4), pp Lecturer, School of Social Work, University of New South Wales. (incursion of other professions into traditional social work territory)

12 UK training activity & ‘involvement’ - what was she doing ? ‘Readers’ Comment: Maria Colwell Inquiry’, Australian Social Work 30(1) 1977, JH described as Lecturer, presently on leave for full-time research, School of Social Work, University of New South Wales. ‘As an English sociologist involved in social work training at different levels in the United Kingdom between 1968 and 1972…’ ‘My own involvement with the Child Care Service in Britain from …’

13 The book from the thesis Thesis (Ph. D.) ‘Social work and general medical practice - towards a sociology of inter- occupational relationships’ by J. Huntington. Kensington, N.S.W., pp. University of New South Wales, 1980.

14 Huntington’s Australian work June Huntington (1981) Time orientations in the collaboration of social workers and general practitioners Social Science & Medicine. Part A: Medical Psychology & Medical Sociology, 15, 3, Part 1, pp 203–210 JH (1986) The proper contributions of social workers in health practice, Social Science & Medicine, 22(11), pp Data from a social work attachment project conducted in Sydney, Australia

15 Back in UK: Mid 1990s ‘The Primary Care Challenge’ eds Ray Robinson, June Huntington, Geoff Meads 1995, Radcliffe. Huntington J. (1996) ‘From invention to innovation’ in: Meads, G. (ed) Future options for general practice. Radcliffe Medical; pp. 211–221 Huntington J. (1997) ‘The people's champion?’ in: Meads G, Huntington J, Key P, Mumford P, Brown E, Evans K, (eds) Unsupported middle: future developments in a primary care- led NHS, Radcliffe; pp. 2–6.

16 A career in health services… June Huntington (1993) From FPC to FHSA to...health commission, British Medical Journal, 306, pp (fellow in primary health care management, King’s Fund College) ‘ By 1986 I had worked with general medical practitioners for 16 years, in both the UK & Australia, but knew nothing of family practitioner committees…Later in 1986 I began to direct a study of the management development needs of family practitioner committees for the NHS Training authority, and found that certain of the committees‘ features uncannily reflected those of general practices…’ ‘ By 1986 I had worked with general medical practitioners for 16 years, in both the UK & Australia, but knew nothing of family practitioner committees…Later in 1986 I began to direct a study of the management development needs of family practitioner committees for the NHS Training authority, and found that certain of the committees‘ features uncannily reflected those of general practices…’

17 Working in Birmingham HSMC June Huntington, Gillam S and Rosen R (2000) Organisational development for clinical governance, British Medical Journal, 321(7262): 679–682. June Huntington described as visiting professor in primary care development.

18 Research at Birmingham J Huntington, N Walsh, M Barnes, H Rogers, D Balnes (2000) Primary care. This is your pilot speaking. The Health Service Journal 110 (5716): N Walsh, J Huntington, M Barnes, D Baines, H Rogers (2000) Personal medical services. Friends and relations. The Health Service Journal 110(5717): N Walsh & J Huntington (2000) Testing the pilots, Nursing Times 96 (33): N Walsh, J Huntington (2003) From parallel policies to integrated practice: PMS and PCG/Ts. Health Services Management Research 16(4): N. Walsh, B Roe, J. Huntington (2003) Delivering a different kind of primary care? Nurses working in personal medical service pilots, Journal of Clinical Nursing, 12(3), pp

19 Contribution to social work history Enduring themes Need to observe what people do as well as say Multiple perspectives – to see ourselves as others see us Limits of professional views only Current need to see social work in smaller work units, not just LAs.

20 Contribution to current debates on integration Enduring themes Eg Necessary ingredients for integration of services Close-knit professional networks Mutual sense of long-term obligation Little concern about reciprocation High degree of mutual trust Joint arrangements as core business (Glendinning 2002, Health Policy)


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