I took up such role as I learnt that social work promotes: social change, problem solving ability in human relationships, empowerment and liberation of people to enhance well-being (Dominelli, 2009). Reflections Initially I was much stressed and nervous because I was not acquainted with the members of MDT very well. I was also afraid to speak in public which I think may have affected my overall performance and contribution. Individually I felt that my contribution was quite limited as I only tried to reassure Sarah and her mother on the issue that adolescent diabetes can be managed with appropriate care giving (Jones and Hamilton, 2008) and there is no need to get worried.
However I was very happy with the feedback we received from Sarah and her mother after the role play after considering the performance of my entire MDT team. I think one of the best approaches we took was to invite Sarah and her mother in the meeting. This helped us to take into account their views on the issues of health care needs and other desirable supports (Department of Health [DH], 2004).
Several studies have explored the usefulness of involving the children and adolescents in care and decision making process (Coyne, 2006). However many nurses have varied views about this approach, although such requirements have been specified by the National Service Framework (DH, 2004). The other approach i felt beneficial was to involve a family-centric care approach. Family centric care should be viewed differently for different families considering the aspects of cultural, social and individual preferences. Our aim was to work together as an interdisciplinary unit to promote family- centric care (Smith and Coleman, 2010).
The ward manager offered the option to Sarah’s mother to stay overnight with her. The dietician provided a tailor made advice about the diet for Sarah and implicated Sarah’s mother on the issue regarding the principles of food intake for the entire family. I noticed that Sarah looked a bit intimidated by the large number of people attending the meeting; however she was able to feel that everybody was very supportive and empathetic. I realized the need to communicate to Sarah with a “humanitarian approach” involving warmth rather than purely a professional approach.
This helped Sarah to express her concerns and feelings. I learnt the importance of building up of a relationship (Smith and Coleman, 2010) not only with my other healthcare professionals but also with Sarah and her mother to impart effective care giving.
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