This book is a quick and accessible reference guide to the key concepts that social work students and professionals need to understand to be effective. The authors place practice at the center of the text, and include a host of case examples to bring the concepts to life.

Examining the essential topics of the social work curriculum, the concepts covered relate to practice, theory, policy and personal challenges. Further reading is included in each entry, so that the reader can explore what they have learned in more detail.

This book will be an invaluable resource for social work students during their studies and on their practice placement. It will also be useful for qualified social workers, who want to continue their professional education.

Social Work in Healthcare Settings

Social work in healthcare settings


In order to define social work in healthcare settings it is necessary to consider briefly the history behind the need for health and social care professionals to work together.

The need for collaboration between social workers and healthcare teams was identified as long ago as 1959 (HMSO, 1959). Furthermore, the World Health Organization (WHO), suggested in 1978 that different professionals should learn together the skills needed for working together to meet the needs of an individual (WHO, 1978: Vol. 1).

Social workers can be involved within the assessment, planning and discharge of vulnerable children and adults from a variety of healthcare settings. These can include liaison psychiatry, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS), hospital social work for ...

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