Key features of the book include:
" a multiprofessional approach, incorporating examples from health, social work, and social care
" an integrated approach to theory and practice
" a range of case studies to illustrate key themes and issues
" 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 includes revised and updated material from Brechin et al's Critical Practice in Health and Social Care also published by SAGE (2000).
Sandy Fraser is a Lecturer in Social Work, Faculty of Health and Social Care at The Open University. He co-edited Doing Research with Children and Young People and The Reality of Research with Children and Young People (both 2004) published by SAGE Publications in association with 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.