Strategies for facilitating social work placements in General Practice

Zuchowski, Ines, McLennan, Simoane, Sen Gupta, Tarun, Lee, Rebecca, McArthur, Lawrie, and Weller, Toni (2023) Strategies for facilitating social work placements in General Practice. Australian Journal of General Practice, 52 (12). pp. 882-887.

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Background: Hosting social work placements within general practice can provide opportunities to extend interdisciplinary skills, increase ability to meet patient needs, and improve understanding of social work as a discipline.

Objective: This paper is based on an Australian pilot project involving social work students being placed in general practice for their 500-hour placements. Collaboratively written by academics and practitioners from social work and general practice, it provides key strategies guiding practices to optimise implementing social work student placements. It identifies strategies to design the placement, select students, prepare practices, supervisors, and students, to benefit student learning and the general practice.

Discussion: Preparing key stakeholders, providing targeted supervision, longer appointments for social work students and involving all stakeholders are key strategies to successfully facilitate social work placements in general practice. Hosting social work students effectively can further develop multidisciplinary practice, connecting general practices even more with best practice, research and community.

Item ID: 79160
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 2208-7958
Keywords: Social Work; General Practice; Placements
Copyright Information: © the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners 2023.
Funders: North Queensland Primary Health Network
Date Deposited: 03 Jul 2023 22:22
FoR Codes: 44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4409 Social work > 440901 Clinical social work practice @ 50%
39 EDUCATION > 3901 Curriculum and pedagogy > 390110 Medicine, nursing and health curriculum and pedagogy @ 50%
SEO Codes: 20 HEALTH > 2003 Provision of health and support services > 200301 Allied health therapies (excl. mental health services) @ 50%
20 HEALTH > 2003 Provision of health and support services > 200310 Primary care @ 50%
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