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Natasher Lafond

MSc, BA (Hons), PgCert SSRM


Current Status: Resubmission
Year of Registration: 2009
Expected Completion Date: /09/2012

Primary Funding Source:
Foundation for Sociology of Health and Illness

Research Topic:
Understanding how professional boundaries are negotiated in the context of the current workplace changes that advocate enhanced skill and task sharing and multi-professional work.

Research Details:
This project investigates change in the professional roles and boundaries for non-medical prescribers in community and hospital pharmacies, drawing on theories and debates within medical sociology, the professions and work, health policy and social pharmacy. Non-medical prescribing (prescribing by groups such as nurses and pharmacists) brings to the fore significant questions about the changing social organisation of healthcare work. Discourses around boundary work and jurisdiction will be explored and the transformation of pharmacy and pharmacists in the United Kingdom (UK) from traditional roles and practices to their current jurisdiction will be considered. That is pharmacists as a group of experts who have the monopoly of knowledge on medicines and drugs and how they work. I am interested in exploring the relationship between boundary work and the professions. I am focusing in on this area to explore how these relationships present. Looking at the progressive erosion and reformation of boundaries and the impact it has on both professions and the professionals. Examples of how these boundaries are constructed, negotiated and maintained, reinforced and redefined will be examined and presented.

Research Supervisor/s: Justin Waring

Division: Management

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