Partnerships: survey respondents' perceptions of inter-professional colaboration to address alcohol-related harms in England

Thom, Betsy and Herring, Rachel and Bayley, Mariana and Waller, Seta and Berridge, Virginia (2012) Partnerships: survey respondents' perceptions of inter-professional colaboration to address alcohol-related harms in England. Critical Public Health . ISSN 0958-1596

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09581596.2012.724770

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Abstract

Tackling alcohol-related harms crosses agency and professional boundaries, requiring collaboration between health, criminal justice, education and social welfare institutions. It is a key component of most multicomponent programmes in the United States, Australia and Europe. Partnership working, already embedded in service delivery structures, is a core mechanism for delivery of the new UK Government Alcohol Strategy. This article reports findings from a study of alcohol partnerships across England. The findings are based on a mix of open discussion interviews with key informants and on semi-structured telephone interviews with 90 professionals with roles in local alcohol partnerships. Interviewees reported the challenges of working within a complex network of interlinked partnerships, often within hierarchies under an umbrella partnership, some of them having a formal duty of partnership. The new alcohol strategy has emerged at a time of extensive reorganisation within health, social care and criminal justice structures. Further development of a partnership model for policy implementation would benefit from consideration of the incompatibility arising from required collaboration and from tensions between institutional and professional cultures. A clearer analysis of which aspects of partnership working provide ‘added value’ is needed.

Item Type:Article
Keywords (uncontrolled):alcohol; partnerships; professional collaboration
Research Areas:School of Health and Education > Health & Education
ID Code:9376
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