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Working in Health and Social Care

An Introduction for Allied Health Professionals

This work discusses a range of topics relevant to contemporary practice and how this sits within health and social care systems. The style of writing is to engage the reader in thoughtful application of information to their own practice and knowledge base. Information is introduced and developed from the perspectives of the individual practitioner, the professional dimensions and finally organisational implications. Topics are grouped into 4 broad sections that examine the context of practice, professionalism, the modernisation and legal agenda and finally practical steps into professional practice. Contributors have been mindful of the current political changes and devolution in the UK and have written in the context of an ever changing dynamic agenda in these influential areas for allied health professionals.

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Published: July 2005

Imprint: Churchill Livingstone

ISBN: 978-0-443-07488-2

Contents

  • Introduction: To set the scene for publication of this new text and navigate the reader to the contents and purpose of the text.

    Part 1 Setting the scene for practice
    · Introduction to the contexts of health and social care,
    o incl. emergence of HPC, acts, white papers,
    devolution
    · Understanding health and social care as a system,
    o Define simplistically what a systems approach is then using a systems approach to explain how health & social care work
    · Working within a process of change,
    o How this impacts on health & social care and what these changes mean to individual practitioners - incl. a tool box of skills to cope with change
    Brief conclusion to the part to include reflective questions for the reader and
    link to next part
    Part 2 Development of the profession and individual practitioner
    · Understanding professionalism
    o What are professional skills and professionalism? How do professional skills develop? Acquiring a professional identity and demonstrating that - how this may be different from other work roles that people may have had e.g. student, support staff. Communicating your professional identity to colleagues. Forming professional relationships with colleagues and service users - include clinical reasoning.
    · Interprofessional practice
    o Why professions work together with brief reference to historical considerations of health and social care systems. Different models of interprofessional working (e.g. social model, medical model) - why might this be, impact on members of those teams. The value of different perspective from different professionals with emphasis on what the occupational therapists can bring to the team. How opportunities for interprofessional education (pre and post registration) can impact on how we work.
    · Continuing professional development
    o Include supervision (formal, informal, individual, group, peer, support groups, professional, non professional, models, appraisal systems and IPR), how to prioritise what I need to know and develop, portfolios, means of reflection and other tools to enhance professional development such as www, journals, texts, special interest groups, training events, specialist training
    · Development of the profession
    o Include broader professional issues in relation to how self-development fits into the wider development of the profession (working towards higher level practice), structures for career development e.g. consultant therapists posts, new roles e.g. generalist/primary care OT role. The need for the profession to promote itself.           

    Brief conclusion to the part to include reflective questions for the reader and link to next part

    Part 3 Professional influences on practice
    · The quality agenda
    o Include the impact of quality on health and social care and the occupational therapy practitioner. The consequences of statutory duty to provide quality, including service user involvement. The professional dilemma of working within limited resources and strategies to monitor quality (e.g. clinical governance, best value, outcome measures, evaluation tools .. not audit).
    · Using evidence based practice
    o Include what is evidence based practice, why is it helpful to the occupational therapist, implications for practice and the profession, skills needed to access and use the evidence, links to critiquing the evidence and research skills within the practice environment (generating and disseminating evidence)
    · Audit in occupational therapy
    o What is audit, the audit cycle, different types and uses and purpose of audit in health and social care, implications for the practitioner and the profession. Skills required to audit, recording and using the results of audit.
    · Legal influences on practice
    o Working within the confines of a legalised framework of service provision, note keeping as legal documentation, confidentiality, Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct, whistle blowing and ethical dilemmas, expert witness and insurance work
    . Brief conclusion to the part to include reflective questions for the reader and link to next part

    Part 4 First steps into practice
    · Starting your career,
    o include starting work as an OT, registration,
    membership of professional bodies, special interest groups,
    to generalise or specialise?
    · Securing your first post,
    o incl. selecting posts, applying for jobs, interviewing, c.v writing, application form filling, do's/don'ts of approaching employers, person specifications, job descriptions, presenting self at interview, what interviewers look for, what to ask at interviews, potential pitfalls, etiquette of accepting posts
    Brief conclusion to the part to include reflective questions for the reader and link to next part

    Part 5 Making sense of practice
    Epilogue to pull the text together with conclusions to summarise the book including reflective questions for the reader to take into their future practice.

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