Evaluation of Social Work Student Placements in General Practice

Zuchowski, Ines, McLennan, Simoane, and Sen Gupta, Tarun (2023) Evaluation of Social Work Student Placements in General Practice. British Journal of Social Work, 53 (5). pp. 2762-2783.

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Social work and social work student placements in general practice [GP] can contribute to wholistic healthcare. The overall aims of this research were to develop, implement and evaluate a field education placement curriculum for social work student placements in GP clinics. Between December 2021 and June 2022, six students completed their social work placements in four GP practices in North Queensland. Data collection included student records and an online survey that invited students, field educators, task supervisors, mentors, allied health professionals and GPs to provide feedback about the usefulness of the developed materials, the benefits and challenges of the placements, the services provided by the students, patient outcomes and feedback, social work learning, service delivery overall and the value of, and satisfaction with, the social work GP placements. Social work student placements in GP practices offer a valuable broadening of field education learning opportunities for social work and can benefit GP settings. Such placements need to be particularly carefully scaffolded and supported through a comprehensive curriculum, supervision, and a welcoming GP setting. Students interested in embarking in such a learning journey need to be highly confident and competent in social work practice.

Item ID: 77088
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1468-263X
Keywords: general practitioners, interdisciplinary practice, patient care, placements, primary health care, social work
Copyright Information: © The Author(s) 2023. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of The British Association of Social Workers. www.basw.co.uk This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative CommonsAttribution License (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted reuse, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Funders: North Queensland Primary Health Network
Date Deposited: 20 Dec 2022 03:16
FoR Codes: 44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4409 Social work > 440901 Clinical social work practice @ 70%
42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4203 Health services and systems > 420304 General practice @ 30%
SEO Codes: 16 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 1601 Learner and learning > 160102 Higher education @ 30%
20 HEALTH > 2002 Evaluation of health and support services > 200299 Evaluation of health and support services not elsewhere classified @ 40%
28 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 2801 Expanding knowledge > 280112 Expanding knowledge in the health sciences @ 30%
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