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dc.contributor.authorCantwell, Jim M.
dc.contributor.authorPower, Martin P.
dc.date.accessioned2017-02-14T09:52:57Z
dc.date.available2017-02-14T09:52:57Z
dc.date.issued2016-09-01
dc.identifier.citationCantwell, Jim M. and Power, Martin P. Dr (2016) "(re)Structuring the agency: Agency working arrangements and social care in the era of austerity and beyond.," Irish Journal of Applied Social Studies: Vol. 16: Iss. 2, Article 3. Available at: http://arrow.dit.ie/ijass/vol16/iss2/3en_IE
dc.identifier.issn2009-8642
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10379/6300
dc.description.abstractIn Ireland, the austerity era of recent years brought (un)employment to the fore in a manner not seen since the 1980s. Within the arena of health and social care, this was epitomised by the embargo . Confined within an embargo process, recruitment agencies became a first choice response to maintaining service delivery in a deepening recessionary period. Located against this backdrop, this study explored agency-working arrangements in social care through the use of semi-structured interviews with service provider managers (n=3) and agency social care workers (n=6). Analysed using a variation of conventional content analysis; these interviews reveal a central tension between the flexibility afforded by agency working arrangements and the instability that such arrangements can foster. Although flexibility and variety in agency based employment arrangements can be beneficial for service providers, and in certain stages of career development for social care practitioners, underlying tensions arise within such working arrangements, which have a particular resonance for the social care profession. Most notably, the relationship based nature of social care practice can be disturbed by a restructuring of traditional employment pathways, especially in relation to continuity of care and practitioner support and development. Nonetheless, the findings also reveal that the extent of disruption is being dampened by adaptions to the agency process by service provider managers and social care workers through a pooling approach to agency staffing. As such, the findings of this study both reflect common themes form literature surrounding agency working, while also observing subtle nuances. The implications of agency working for social care practice are considered, as are potential longer-term impacts given the context of impending registration of social care workers.en_IE
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dc.language.isoenen_IE
dc.publisherSocial Care Irelanden_IE
dc.relation.ispartofIrish Journal Of Applied Social Studiesen
dc.subjectEmbargoen_IE
dc.subjectAgency working arrangementsen_IE
dc.subjectSocial care practiceen_IE
dc.subjectEmploymenten_IE
dc.subjectHealth promotionen_IE
dc.title(re) Structuring the agency: Agency working arrangements and social care in the era of austerity and beyonden_IE
dc.typeArticleen_IE
dc.date.updated2017-02-10T14:41:14Z
dc.identifier.doi10.21427/D7KW26
dc.local.publishedsourcehttp://arrow.dit.ie/ijass/vol16/iss2/3en_IE
dc.description.peer-reviewedpeer-reviewed
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dc.internal.rssid11400149
dc.local.contactMartin Power, Health Promotion & Hprc, Room 103a, Aras Moyola, Nui Galway. 2157 Email: martin.p.power@nuigalway.ie
dc.local.copyrightcheckedNo The Irish Journal of Applied Social Studies is an open access repository Arrow at DIT. Not sure if that makes any difference.
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