Key Issues: A definition of interdisciplinary working needs to reflect contributions from professionals, service users, carers and the increasing number of non-professionally affiliated staff in the mental health workforce.Over the past century, interdisciplinary working has evolved — beginning with uniprofessional working synonymous with the asylum era of care and the dominance of the disease model for understanding mental ill health.The 1983 Mental Health Act marked a significant legislative milestone in promoting multidisciplinary practice.Many services are now at different stages of developing interdisciplinary ways of working depending upon the extent to which they include professionals and service users interacting in order to work collaboratively.
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