Social policy is now part of all nursing courses at pre-registration level. It is also an important topic in many post-registration courses for nurses and other health care professionals. All health care professionals are also now expected to play a more active role in policy development and implementation. This text will be unique among books currently on offer in that it willprovide an outline of the main structures, issues and developments in social policy, relating to the healthcare field. In addition, it contextualises practice by means of examples and case studies from a range of client groups.
"This is a useful introductory text that should help to extend a basic understanding of the wider world of policy within nursing. Let us hope that a new generation of nurses can be encouraged to look beyond the preoccupations of nursing in order to understand the context within which nursing is practised and to make sure that a nursing perspectie influences policy makers." Peter Calley RN, MSc, PhD, Lecturer University of Manchester, Nurse Education Today, 2000 No 20, January 2000
By Kevin Gormley, Nurse Tutor, Northern Area College of Nursing, Antrim, N. Ireland
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