In Chapter 2 we explored the extent to which the idea of professional ethics as distinct from the ethics of everyday life makes sense in terms of arguments developed by philosophers. We concluded that while professional ethics must be regarded as derived from ordinary ethics, it does make sense to see professional ethics as distinctive. In this chapter we will explore that idea that each profession has a distinctive set of professional ethics (as espoused and enacted norms) in the context of increasing demands for interprofessional working. This theme will be explored through a case study of an interprofessional service, drawing on conversations with practitioners about their work.
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