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Sharing Assessment in Health and Social Care

Sharing Assessment in Health and Social Care
A Practical Handbook for Interprofessional Working

First Edition

September 2009 | 216 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
"This is an accessible and important text. It is to be commended for bringing together policy and practice on assessment and information sharing across England, Scotland and Wales." -

Professor Michael Preston-Shoot, University of Bedfordshire

"This new text is a welcome addition to the literature relating to inter-professional working. It offers students from a range of professions a comprehensive guide to current social policy and authoritative guidance on how to conduct a safe and effective assessment." -

Soo Moore, City University, London

Shared assessment is the standardised approach to assessment and the sharing of information and documentation within and between health and social care. This book offers students and practitioners a step-by-step guide to the process, helping them to overcome some of the anxieties of change and providing realistic guidance on the process.

Key features of the book include:

- Comprehensive coverage - follows a logical structure looking at context, policy, and practice

- A focus on the practitioner's understanding of an individual's experience and the roles of staff within the process

- Discussion of confidentiality and anti-discriminatory practice

- Four chapter-long case studies that take the reader through the stages of assessment and subsequent roles and responsibilities.

The book includes pedagogical features such as a glossary of terms, a Comparative Grid for Standardised Assessment Frameworks, examples of carers' assessments, reflective questions and further reading.

It is essential reading for students and practitioners working across health and social care, particularly in social work, nursing and mental health.

PART ONE: Where It All Began
The UK Policy Context
Sharing Assessment Information
PART TWO: Applying Theory to Practice
Meet the Family
Doug Williams
Betty Mitchell
Robert Griffiths
PART THREE: Opportunities and Challenges for Individuals, Staff and Organisations
Managing Cultural Change
Consolidating the journey through health and social care
APPENDIX 1: Comparative Grid for Standardised Assessment Frameworks
APPENDIX 2: Pam Griffiths’ Carer’s Assessment
APPENDIX 3: Betty Mitchell’s CPA Assessment
APPENDIX 4: Glossary of Terms
APPENDIX 5: Resources

This is a booke central for students working on strands of monitorering and assessments - which some of my students do. I therefore include this reference in my curriculum and recommendations

Professor Linda Andersen
Department of Psychology and Education, Roskilde University
August 22, 2012

This text has been useful for preparing to teach on ‘working together’, in particular the importance in conducting ‘holistic’ assessments, sharing information and implementing ‘effective’ interventions.

Mr Sean Creaney
Centre for Childhood Studies, Stockport College
January 19, 2012

I liked the presentation of this book, it encouraged me to engage with the content and reflect on its' relevance to practice. This will be beneficial for my students that work within primary care particularly and where they are still getting to grips with this process. There are a range of pertinent issues drawn in that help to provide an holistic view of exactly what is involved and what practitioners should be awqare of in this complex area.

Mrs Christine Jackson
department of community health and social care, Hull University
December 6, 2011

A useful text for those studying inter professional and or collaborative working modules. Highlights the importance and the need for professionals to work together and helps break down professional barriers

Mr Andrew Southgate
Adult Nursing Department, Canterbury Christ Church University
December 2, 2011

Useful background reading for gaining knowledge and skills in assessment. The need to work with other members of the MDT is highlighted in this book. Good insights into the working of other health care professionals.

Mr Balakrishnan Rajamanickam
Fac of Health & Social Care Sciences, Kingston University
May 13, 2011

A very useful book that gives some practical examples to demonstrate the skills necessary for interprofessional working.

Mrs Suzanne Jones
Sch of Health,Community & Educ Studies, Northumbria University
January 19, 2011

A comprehensive view of assessment, how it links with policy and a good section on change management. Good practical examples given with easy to understand explanations.

Mrs Yvonne Turner
Faculty of Health & Life Sciences, De Montfort University
December 15, 2010

This is an excellent resource for the NQSW Programme as it directly addresses many of the complexities and expectations within practice. It is well writen and accessible for both practitioners and allies of the profession. We are using samples of this text for practical work on the NQSW Programme. Gina Hardesty, BA (Hons)

Ms Gina Hardesty
Adult Social Care, Southampton City Council
December 15, 2010

An informative book to support common foundation level in health and socail care. There are exercises to do throughout the book which support learning and application of theory to practice. The book is adult focused in nature within only a small section given to the family. A building block for future practice.

Mrs Elizabeth Mills
Faculty of Health & Wellbeing, Sheffield Hallam University
November 9, 2010

This partricual text has proven useful to both social work and social care students. Further, our nursing and policing undergraduates have found the content to be of particular importance in developing knowledge about networking and making links to other statutory organisation.

Mr Graham Tuckley
Dept of Social Work - HLSS, Wolverhampton University
September 20, 2010

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