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Understanding health and social care

Jon Glasby
Paperback, 216 pages, 240 x 172 mm
Other formats available
13 Jun 2007
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, 2007 15 (6), 599-608
"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

With health and social care increasingly asked to work in partnership, many existing textbooks and educational opportunities are too 'uni-professional' to be able to respond fully to the joined-up services agenda. Against this background, this book provides a comprehensive and up-to-date analysis of both health and social care.  With chapters on the origins of community health and social care; current services; partnership working; direct payments; independent living; anti-discriminatory practice; user involvement; and support for carers, the book is also packed with student-friendly features. These include a focus on both health and social care in a time of increasing inter-agency working; a combined summary of current policy and practice dilemmas with useful theoretical frameworks; service user-focused case studies and reflective exercises to aid further study and analysis; comparative material throughout exploring relevant issues, their impact and lessons learned and compliance with the Social Policy Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) for Higher Education benchmark statement. 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. Health and social care practitioners will find the book of value, informing their continuing professional development.

Author Biography

Jon Glasby is a qualified social worker and head of health and social care at the Health Services Management Centre, University of Birmingham.


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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