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Understanding health and social care

Jon Glasby
Hardback, 224 pages, 240 x 172 mm
Other formats available
29 Feb 2012
Understanding Welfare: Social Issues, Policy and Practice series


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North America customers can order this book here from the University of Chicago Press.

"This is an extremely well-thought-out book on the interrelated subjects of care in the community and interprofessional working. ... the title is worthy of inclusion on the reading lists of professional qualifying courses for nurses and social workers."
Health and Social Care in the Community, on the first edition
"This is an ambitious and wide ranging book which provides a valuable historical perspective, as well as a forward looking analysis, based on real experience. It will be a valuable tool for leaders, policy makers and students."
Nigel Edwards, Policy Director, The NHS Confederation

About This Book

As public spending cuts bite, joint working between health and social care is more important than ever before - but even harder to achieve. Following a series of high profile reforms and policy announcements, this substantially updated second edition highlights key developments under both the UK New Labour (1997-2010) and the Coalition governments (2010-), focusing on the key policy and practice dilemmas facing community health and social services. With partnership working now part of core business rather than an optional extra, this book is essential reading for anyone studying or working in health and social care. It provides practical material to populate the theoretical and conceptual knowledge of social policy students, and conceptual material to help make sense of the practical experience of professional students on training courses. It also appeals to both a social care and a health care audience - and particularly to those who seek to work such boundaries.

Author Biography

Jon Glasby is Professor of Health and Social Care and Director of the Health Services Management Centre at the University of Birmingham, UK. A qualified social worker by background, he is engaged in regular research and policy advice around the future of health and social care.


Origins of community health and social care
Current services
Partnership working in health and social care
Independent living and the social model of disability
Anti-discriminatory practice and social inclusion
User involvement and citizenship
Support for carers
Postscript: what happens next?


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