Interprofessional Ethics: A Developing Field? Notes from the Ethics & Social Welfare Conference

Sarah Banks, Peter Allmark, Marian Barnes, Hugh Barr, Laurie Bryant, Malcolm Cowburn, Suki Desai, Rosemary Furey, Janet Kay, Alex McClimens, Pete Nelson, Charlotte Nutting, Chris Sampson, Angela Tod, Andrew Thompson, David Stanley, Imogen Taylor, Nicki Ward

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This article discusses the nature of interprofessional ethics and some of the ethical issues and challenges that arise when practitioners from different professions work closely together in the fields of health and social care. The article draws on materials from a conference on this theme, covering issues of confidentiality and information sharing in practice and research with vulnerable people; challenges for teaching and learning about ethics in interprofessional settings; the potential of virtue ethics and an ethic of care for understanding and handling ethical issues in interprofessional practice; and the extent to which interprofessional working may be about surveillance and control. It concludes that the need to understand and handle ethical issues in interprofessional working is contributing to the revitalisation of professional ethics as a dynamic field of study.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)280-294
JournalEthics and Social Welfare
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - May 2010


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