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'Though my discipline is not healthcare but risk management, the writings of David Seedhouse have enlightened my thinking and influenced my worldview in invaluable ways. A practical approach underpinned by a coherent philosophy is what we need, and David delivers yet again in this latest work.'
'David Seedhouse has produced a strikingly honest view of where health policy makers have gone wrong but more importantly suggests an approach and ways healthcare professionals of the future can improve the quality of care for patients This is an interesting book that I was keen to read and didn’t disappoint. David Seedhouse provides some challenging ideas that will make readers reflect on and question their assumptions.
This is a must purchase book for undergraduate nurses.
'David Seedhouse is a well-known and respected author in this field and in this book delivers a corrective to the current well-meaning but erroneous views on such things as values based recruitment and the 6Cs. Any health care worker thinking critically and wanting to articulate why certain practices and values are not up to the mark would do very well in reading this. The writing style is very accessible without dumbing down. Key ideas are illustrated and examined through very appropriate case studies and think stops. This should be core reading in any nursing programme.'
'An excellent book from a trusted author. This is a really useful source of information for nurses and student nurses which encourages much discussion and debate. The writing style is engaging and the reader certainly engages in the thought provoking toolkit and practical examples.'
‘This critically insightful and seriously thought provoking text challenges readers to critically reflect upon and carefully consider ‘the values delusion’ within contemporary health care settings. Pulling no punches, Seedhouse presents a refreshing and sometimes scathing attack on some of the superficial ways in which ‘values’ are viewed across many sectors.’
‘This thought provoking book contests the ideas of values and ethical awareness that are inherent in health and social care settings today. The reader is encouraged to reflect on established perspectives and reframe views. It is very accessible and broad in its appeal. I would recommend to all health and social care professionals.’
'When every organisation – from the NHS to CocaCola – has its list of platitudinous 'core values', on which all its practices are allegedly 'based', Seedhouse's penetrating scepticism is not only refreshing but urgently needed. This book is wilfully contentious – for the most part legitimately so. Seedhouse cares less about convincing us he is right on any given issue, much more about encouraging the genuine, critical thinking and practice that organisations agree, in principle, we need, but which so many of their structures inhibit.'
This book really links the subjects of reflection and ethics in order for the student to consider them together.The format is clear and interesting to read with useful chapter summaries and reflective activities.
A book I shall definitely be recommending as a key text for a new module I shall be teaching next year on Ethical Issues in the Health and Social Care workplace. This will be very popular among students.