Drawing on key research, government policies and real-life case studies, the book assists health and social care professionals to work more effectively together in order to improve services for users and carers.
The health and social care divide:
explains why partnerships are important and what helps/hinders partnership working;
reviews the legal and policy framework, providing a chronological overview and placing current initiatives in their historical and social policy context;
summarises existing research findings with regard to key health and social care policy debates;
uses case studies to explore the implications of this research for health and social care practitioners;
provides good practice guidance for both students and front-line practitioners.
"... achieves what it sets out to do: it is accessible to a wide range of readers. For consumers of services it provides knowledge and powerful insights; for students, practitioners, managers and teachers in health and social care it is an invaluable textbook in a complicated area of policy and practice; for researchers and policy makers it brings together and synthesizes definitive polices and research. It's also a good read." Journal of Interprofessional Care
"Students and practitioners alike will find this up to date, relevant and clear. Much is written about this area but few publications throw as helpful a light." Jill Manthorpe, Social Care Workforce Research Unit, King's College London
Jon Glasby is a qualified social worker and Senior Lecturer in the Health Services Management Centre, University of Birmingham, UK.
Rosemary Littlechild is a Lecturer in Social Work at the Institute of Applied Social Studies, University of Birmingham, UK.
Introduction; Partnership working in health and social care; Health and social care: the legal and policy context; Andrew's story: hospital discharge; Bert and Babu's story: rehabilitation and intermediate care; Ben's story: continuing care; Ivy's story: domiciliary care in the community; Marjorie's story: older people with mental health problems; Mary and Dennis' story: primary care; Postscript: Sid and May's story.