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Partnership working in health and social care

Paperback, 128 pages, 198 x 129 mm
07 May 2008
Better Partnership Working series


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"This book provides a practical and concise introduction to the literature on partnership working in health and social care for students, practitioners, policy makers and managers. ...provides the reader with quick and easy access to a breadth of literature."
International Journal of Integrated Care
"This book is packed with ideas and persuasively argued...immensely useful and stimulating."
Research Policy and Planning
"This book helps piece together the jigsaw of partnerships. Clearly written with a light touch, it provides a timely update on partnership working for practitioners and students."
Prof. Jill Manthorpe, King's College London
"A timely update of a very useful text on Partnership Working."
Rosemary Littlechild, Birmingham University.

About This Book

UK health and social care are increasingly being asked to work together across traditional agency boundaries. Although this sounds easy in theory, doing it in practice is incredibly difficult and complicated. In many cases, moreover, current training programmes, research and textbooks are even more divided than front-line services, and practitioners and managers are often being tasked with making partnerships work without the necessary support. Against this background, this book provides a 'warts and all' introduction to partnership working, summarising current policy and research, setting out useful frameworks and approaches, and helping policy makers and practitioners to work more effectively together. Written by a leading team from the Health Services Management Centre, the book is also fully evidence- and research-based, while still being accessible and applicable to everyday practice. Aimed at students, practitioners, managers and policy makers in health and social care, this is the one book that everyone in the field should read.

Author Biography

Jon Glasby is Professor of Health and Social Care at the Health Services Management Centre, University of Birmingham. He is also Director of Academic Programmes across the wider School of Public Policy. As a qualified social worker in an NHS setting, he leads a national programme of work to support the integration of adult health and social care.  Helen Dickinson is a researcher at the Health Services Management Centre, University of Birmingham, with an interest in evaluating the outcomes of health and social care partnerships. Recent research and consultancy work include producing research-based but accessible discussion papers for funders such as the Wanless Review of the funding of adult social care, the NHS Institute and the Care Services Improvement Partnership.


Introduction and series preface
What is partnership working and why does it matter?
What does research tell us?
Hot topics and emerging issues
Useful frameworks and concepts
Recommendations for policy and practice.


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Partnership working in health and social care

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