Curriculum development for social work student placements in Primary Health care

Zuchowski, Ines, McLennan, Simoane, Butcha, Kat, Cordes, Katrina, Sen Gupta, Tarun, Ladesma, Cassandra, Lee, Rebecca, and McArthur, Lawrie (2023) Curriculum development for social work student placements in Primary Health care. Social Work Education. (In Press)

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This paper reports on the curriculum development for social work student placements in primary health care. Social work in General Practice [GP] is an emerging area for social work practice, able to fill a gap in primary health. The inclusion of social work in GP practices can be complex. Social work placements offer an opportunity for students to become familiar with this practice setting and undertake social work relevant learning; however, they need to be well prepared for such placements and able to articulate and use social work knowledge and processes. They offer an opportunity for GPs to understand what social workers can do and offer to the GP community. We have used available research, support of an active reference group and two surveys to develop a curriculum for social work students in GP practices. We provide an overview of the literature and the methods of developing the curriculum. We describe how feedback and curriculum design principles were used. Core aspects of the curriculum and accompanying resources are outlined. The discussion highlights that the curriculum was a valuable tool in not only inducting students into a GP placement setting but as a meaningful reference guide throughout the entirety of placement.

Item ID: 77244
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1470-1227
Keywords: Social work; General Practitioners; Primary health care; Interdisciplinary practice; Curriculum development; Placements; Research
Funders: North Queensland Primary Health Network (NQPHN)
Projects and Grants: NQPHN PS170
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Date Deposited: 16 Jan 2023 21:12
FoR Codes: 44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4409 Social work > 440901 Clinical social work practice @ 100%
SEO Codes: 20 HEALTH > 2003 Provision of health and support services > 200301 Allied health therapies (excl. mental health services) @ 30%
16 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 1603 Teaching and curriculum > 160301 Assessment, development and evaluation of curriculum @ 40%
20 HEALTH > 2003 Provision of health and support services > 200310 Primary care @ 30%
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