1st Edition

Developing Professional Practice in Health and Social Care

Edited By Adam Barnard Copyright 2017
    304 Pages 64 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    304 Pages 64 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Addressing the changing world of professionalism, this text combines theory, research and practice, using real case studies, to investigate the process of becoming professional. Mapping the journey from allied or associate practitioner positions through qualifying and into advanced practitioner status, it is a valuable companion for health and social care, social work and allied health students from the beginning of their studies.

    Developing Professional Practice in Health and Social Care is an accessible text, including case studies, reflective exercises and activities, chapter aims and summaries and further reading boxes throughout. It covers:

    • the context for professional practice, including historical perspectives, policy and discussion of relevant competencies and frameworks
    • the concept of professionalism, exploring what it means to be a professional
    • values and ethics underpinning professional practice
    • professional identity development, including formation and changes in identity
    • professional practice in complex environments, paying particular attention to working in organisations
    • becoming a critical and globally aware practitioner
    • the role of evidence and knowledge in professional practice
    • working with supervision.

    Maintaining a strong focus on the ethical dimensions of professional practice, this text emphasises how health and social care practitioners can contribute to social justice and challenge social exclusion.

    Lists of figures

    List of tables

    List of contributors



    1. The current context and climate of professionals: Definitions and history (Adam Barnard)

    2. Philosophy for Professionals – The Practice of Philosophy (Adam Barnard and Hannah Sawtell)

    3. Values and Ethics for Professionals (Adam Barnard)

    4. Professional Identity (Nick Hartrop)

    5. Working in Organisational Systems- Current challenges and Dilemmas (Simon Howard)

    6. Critical Practice: ‘Touching something lightly many times’: some thoughts on language and reparation in relation to mental health and social justice (Linda Kemp)

    7. Globalised Practice (Adam Barnard)

    8. Reflections on conditionality- issues of social policy for the emerging professional (Chris Towers)

    9. Professional Supervision (Jane Challinor)

    10. Reflective writing for professional practice (Sian Trafford)

    11. Contemplating ‘career’ across disciplines: reflexive explorations of ‘career’ (Ricky Gee)

    12. Personal Development Planning as Reflection (Catherine Goodall)

    13. Journeys of Faith: Personal stories and faith development in church schools (Andy Wolfe)

    14. A Personal Learning Journey (Vicky Palmer)

    15. The Tain of the Mirror (Kevin Flint, Adam Barnard and Vicky Palmer)



    Adam Barnard is a Senior Lecturer in Health and Social Care in the Department of Social Work and Health at Nottingham Trent University, UK. He has worked in higher education for over twenty years and runs the Professional Doctorate in Social Practice. He has taught across a range of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes and courses and teaches on the BA (H) Health and Social Care degree. His research interests are varied and include research into visual methodologies; enabling environments; the self in professional practice; pedagogies of reflection; and critical theory about professional practice. His publications include The Value Base of Social Work and Social Care (with Horner and Wild, 2008), which has been internationally translated; and the edited volume Key Themes in Health and Social Care (2012). He has conducted contract and evaluative research with local authority partners.