The Critical Practitioner in Social Work and Health Care takes a comprehensive and reflective look at key areas of practice and the challenges professionals face in training and in their working lives. The chapters focus on the skills and values fundamental to the caring role and helps readers understand the importance of being able to adapt to changing demands and expectations.
- Presents a multiprofessional approach, incorporating examples from health, social work, and social care
- Offers an integrated approach to theory and practice
- Inclludes a range of case studies to illustrate key themes and issues
- Provides coverage of core topics such as: ethics, management, supervision, teamwork, interprofessional working, practice with service-users, research, policy issues, accountability
- Strongly supports underpinning knowledge for the National Occupational Standards and subject benchmarks
The book encourages the reader to develop the confidence and analytic skills to achieve best practice across all areas of their work. It will be required reading for all those studying social work, nursing, and allied caring professions. It will also be of great help to practitioners wishing to reflect on and develop their own practice.
This Reader is based on a number of updated chapters from Brechin et al Critical Practice in Health and Social Care also published by SAGE Publications.
Sandy Fraser is a Lecturer in Social Work, Faculty of Health and Social Care at The Open University. He is Chair of the Critical Social Work Practice course. His previous publications include: Doing Research with Children and Young People and The Reality of Research with Children and Young People (both 2004) and co-edited with Vicky Lewis, Sharon Ding, Mary Kellett and Chris Robinson, London: Sage Publications/The Open University.
Sarah Matthews is a Staff Tutor in The Open University regional office in Manchester. She is also a Mental Health Act Commissioner and runs a training and consultancy business. She worked for 20 years as a qualified social worker, latterly as a senior manager.
- Chapter 1: Introducing Critical Practice
- Chapter 2: Social Work, Professionalism and the Regulatory Framework
- Chapter 3: Practice with Service-Users, Carers and Their Communities
- Chapter 4: Working with Complexity: Managing Workload and Surviving in a Changing Environment
- Chapter 5: Counting the Costs
- Chapter 6: Reflections on past Social Work Practice: The Central Role of Relationship
- Chapter 7: Values and Ethics in Practice
- Chapter 8: Practitioner Research
- Chapter 9: The Challenge of Working in Teams
- Chapter 10: Organisations and Organisational Change
- Chapter 11: Accountability
- Chapter 12: Understanding the Policy Process
- Chapter 13: Continuing Professional Development: A Critical Approach
- Chapter 14: Social Work in New Policy Contexts: Threats and Opportunities