1st Edition

Foundations for 21st-Century Health and Social Care Theory and Practice for Nursing Associates, Assistant Practitioners, Support Workers and Beyond

Edited By Lisa Arai Copyright 2024
    250 Pages 42 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    250 Pages 42 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This comprehensive text introduces health and social care theory and practice for students studying at foundation degree level, including those on nursing associate and assistant practitioner pathways.

    Keeping themes of professionalism and patient-centred care at its core, this text equips readers to deliver effective, safe and responsive care in a wide range of settings. It anticipates future directions for practice and provides readers with skills they will need throughout their careers. Divided into four parts, it explores the foundations of academic study, becoming and being a professional, working with patients and service users and improving services and improving health.

    Clearly presented and reader-friendly, this textbook is an essential companion for all health and social care students.

    Chapter 1: Introduction

    Lisa Arai

    Chapter 2: The essential study skills for health and social care students

    Lisa Arai

    Chapter 3: Research, the research ‘basics’ and evidence-based practice

    Lisa Arai

    Chapter 4: The policy and legislative backdrop to health and social care practice in the United Kingdom

    Ann Gorecki

    Chapter 5: Becoming a health and social care professional

    Mandy Lyons and Lisa Arai

    Chapter 6: Working with others: Supervision and mentoring

    Gemma Burley and Lisa Arai

    Chapter 7: The nuts and bolts of the human body

    Gemma Burley and Mandy Lyons

    Chapter 8: Caring for people with long-term conditions and multimorbidity: A health and social care perspective

    Lindsay Welch

    Chapter 9: Person-centred care: A paramount concept in health and social care

    Teresa Corbett

    Chapter 10: Power, creativity and service user involvement in social work and health and social care education

    Kieron Hatton and Margaret Johnson

    Chapter 11: Ethics and ethical dilemmas in health and social care

    Gemma Burley and Lisa Arai

    Chapter 12: Introduction to public health and health promotion

    Lisa Arai

    Chapter 13: The theory and practice of service improvement in health and social care

    Lisa Arai


    Dr Lisa Arai is a social and public health scientist with 25 years’ research and teaching experience. Her research interests are in the health of children and young people. She is based at Solent University and the University of Northampton in the United Kingdom. Lisa has published widely and is a Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health.