Critical Thinking in Health & Social Care is designed to equip practitioners with the knowledge and tools they need to critically examine practice in their own workplace. The book presents a range of different approaches, each of which is explained and grounded in practice using case studies, problem-solving scenarios and workplace examples. The practical tools which form the core of the book are contextualised by an exploration of what constitutes knowledge and evidence and the types of assumptions which are commonly held and which have a bearing on practice.
The three sections of this book, comprising theoretical overview, key tools and application to health and social care, are all premised on the present context for health and social care. The pace of change in health and social care is fuelled by the shifting dynamics of a range of policy drivers; yet there is a level of predictability – even within the critical uncertainty of future practice – that this book has highlighted. Such predictabilities can be grouped into three discrete areas: the future of health and social care provision; the ascendancy of neoliberalism (and the resultant individualism); the potential impact on practitioner skills.
The Future of Health and Social Care Provision
The twenty-first century has shifted the debate away from that of public-private ...