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Critical Practice in Health and Social Care

Critical Practice in Health and Social Care

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Nursing | Social Work Practice

January 2000 | 352 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

This major new textbook will take a fresh look at professions and professionalism - what these terms mean and what they need to mean in the future in the health and social care field.

Written by experienced teachers, the textbook: reviews the evidence on team and inter-professional working, teasing out the new perspectives and the skills required; examines what professional development entails and what it means in different fields of practice; tackles ethical dilemmas of practice alongside changing concepts in society of accountability; explores current debates about how professionals can be supported in their practice and how their performance is best regulated; and highlights the contribution that practitioners can make - alongside others - to policy development at local level.

This is a course text for the Open University course K302 Critical Practice in Health and Social Care.

Critical Practice in Health and Social Care will be essential reading for students and practitioners in social work, nursing and health studies, and for those involved across the caring professions within the health and social sercice sector.


Linda Jones and Stan Tucker
Exploring Continuity and Change
Ann Brechin
Introducing Critical Good Practice
Maureen A Eby
Understanding Professional Development
Linda Finlay
The Challenge of Professionalism
Hilary Brown
Challenges from Service Users
Maureen A Eby
The Challenge of Values and Ethics within Practice
Ann Brechin
The Challenge of Caring Relationships
Linda Finlay
The Challenge of Working in Teams
Maureen A Eby
Challenges of Being Accountable
Celia Davies
Understanding the Policy Process
Colin Guest and Phil Scarff
Counting the Costs
Bob Hudson
Interagency Collaboration - A Sceptical View
Celia Davies
Improving the Quality of Services
Celia Davies
Frameworks for Regulation and Accountability
Threat or Opportunity?


`A particular strength of the book is its orientation to the views of service users, carers and user movements... the chapers are all well written, well referenced and consistent in style. As an academic text, it is easy to read. It will undoubtedly be of value as a reference for students of the health and social care professions' - British Journal of Occupational Therapy

`The stand-alone but integrated structure allows the reader to dip in and cross-reference with ease. I immediately found the text accessible using this approach. Aimed at a wide audience, the tempo of the work is that of a phoenix rising from the ashes, seeking a new, `more negotiated order' for the practitioner. The task is set out in a clear and comprehensive manner…[T]his is OU material at its best and I am reminded of its influence on my practice over the time of its (the OU's) existence. I hope this volume will be attractive to practitioners across the board as it is a rare example of defensible practice' - Nursing Ethics

`The authors have provided a comprehensive and timely text given the wide ranging subject matter and the climate of ongoing change within health and social care services. …This book should prove to be a useful tool to enable professionals to develop critical practice, which is not defensive, but defensible' - Physiotherapy

Great text for final year H&SC .. covers policy, professional development, structures and frameworks for H&SC delivery and ethics.

Amanda Lee
Health, Global Banking School
February 18, 2022

an interesting book which has been used by some learners for research

Mrs Patricia Ann Allison
NVQ Office, Wiltshire and Somerset Colleges Partnership Ltd
November 4, 2016

An interesting book to enhance and support continuous professional development.

Mrs Patricia Ann Allison
NVQ Office, Wiltshire and Somerset Colleges Partnership Ltd
November 5, 2015

A well balanced text with useful and insightful material that is of great help to the student social worker

Mr David Chaisty
Social Work , Cornwall College
October 22, 2014

Critical Practice in Health and Social Care offers a wide ranging and essential introduction to what is expected, and required, of both health care students and existing practioners in order to achieve professional excellence within the health care sector.

Mrs Lynne Bedson
Institure of Health and Wellbeing, Coleg Llandrillo Cymru
August 27, 2013

This text has developed a number of the challenges being faced in health & social care. The imagery and senarios posed are very good. The text content around working in an area that is constantly undergoing change is very well written and will support a key area of our delivery. Well done.

Mr Derek Allford
Learning Centre, Business To Business (B2B)
March 9, 2012

An excellent resource to support students to develop their notions of critical practice and their understandings of the structures and challenges which will impact upon their working lives.

Ms Tyrrell Golding
Health & Social Care, Anglia Ruskin University
October 20, 2009

Ann Brechin

Hilary Brown

Maureen Eby

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