2nd Edition

Key Themes in Health and Social Care A Companion to Learning

Edited By Adam Barnard, Verusca Calabria, Louise Griffiths Copyright 2023
    350 Pages 15 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    350 Pages 15 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This revised and expanded second edition of Key Themes in Health and Social Care is a learning resource for students in health and social care. It provides an overview of foundational issues and core themes in the field and introduces key areas of debate, moving from an introductory level to in-depth discussion as the book progresses. Divided into three parts:

    • the first part sets the scene, addressing introductory psychology and sociology, social policy, equality and diversity, skills for practice, and working with people
    • the second part considers key themes such as mental health and wellbeing; management of services; the relationship between place and wellbeing; research in health and social care; and person-centred interventions
    • the third part looks at discrete areas of practice such as mental health; ageing, leading and managing health and social care; working with vulnerable populations; and health promotion

    Each chapter begins with an outline of the content and learning outcomes and includes reflective exercises to allow students to reflect on what they have read, review their learning and consolidate their understanding. Time-pressed readers wanting to ‘dip into’ the book for relevant areas can do so but, read from cover to cover, the book provides a comprehensive introduction to the key areas of contemporary health and social care practice. It will be particularly helpful for students undertaking health and social care undergraduate and foundation degrees.

    Chapter One – Introduction
    Adam Barnard and Louise Griffiths

    Part One

    Chapter Two – Foundations in Health and Social Care
    Dolores Ellidge

    Chapter Three – Human Growth and Development
    Martin Smith

    Chapter Four – Current Issues in Health and Social Care
    Jennifer Sanders, Lee Reynolds and James Pike (with contributions from Ashleigh Moogan)

    Chapter Five – Working with People
    Amy Allen

    Chapter Six – Social Policy in Health and Social Care
    Chris Towers and Richard Machin

    Chapter Seven – Professional Practice and Work-Based Learning
    Dolores Ellidge, Jessica Arnold, Monique Duncan and Dani Shepherd

    Part Two

    Chapter Eight – Health, Social Care and Crime
    Jennifer Sanders

    Chapter Nine – Person Centred Interventions
    Richard Machin, Dee Ellidge and Verusca Calabria

    Chapter Ten – Valuing Research in Health and Social Care
    Louise Griffiths, Verusca Calabria and Melanie Bailey

    Chapter Eleven – Managing Health and Social Care
    Amy Allen

    Part Three

    Chapter Twelve – Young People and Social Care
    Aslihan Niscanci

    Chapter Thirteen – Engaging Vulnerable Groups
    Chris Towers

    Chapter Fourteen – Children’s and Young People’s Mental Health
    Jessica Arnold, Amy Allen, Dee Ellidge and Richard Machin

    Chapter Fifteen – Ageing in the 21st century
    Chris Towers

    Chapter Sixteen – Transcultural Issues
    Aslihan Nisanci, Adam Barnard and Walters Tanifum

    Chapter Seventeen – Leadership in Health and Social Care
    Jennifer Sanders

    Chapter Eighteen – Conducting a Student Empirical Research Study in Health and Social Care
    Louise Griffiths, Penny Siebert and Alice Lee

    Chapter Nineteen – Conclusion
    Adam Barnard and Verusca Calabria

    Chapter Twenty – Glossary


    Adam Barnard (PhD) has worked in Higher Education for over twenty years. During this time, he has worked with a variety of students and learners across educational contexts. He is programme leader for Professional Doctorates in Social Practice at Nottingham Trent University. His latest works are Developing Professional Practice in Health and Social Care (2019), Key Themes in Health and Social Care published by Routledge in 2011, and Value Base of Social Work and Social Care with Open University Press (2008). He is involved in the leadership and management of research in social science including ethics, governance, supervision and development. He is working on a book on developing reflective practice in Health and Social Care. He is committed to challenging policy, research and practice that does not contribute to ethical and value-based professionalism of frontline workers.

    Verusca Calabria (PhD) is a Senior Lecturer in Health and Social Care in the Department of Social Work, Care and Community, School of Social Sciences, Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham (UK). Verusca is an interdisciplinary qualitative researcher working across the Social Sciences and Humanities. Her PhD research combined participatory-action-research with oral history to explore the transition from institutional to community care practices. Her research interests include the history of mental health care in the UK, patient and public involvement in health and social care, oral history, participatory action research, researcher vulnerability. She has presented her research at several international conferences and co-convenes the NTU cross-faculty Oral History Network.

    Louise Griffiths is a Senior Lecturer in Social Work, Care and Community at Nottingham Trent University. Louise’s research interests include prison peer support with particular attention paid to the Prison Listener Scheme and the self-harm behaviour of prisoners. Louise's PhD thesis explored the Prison Listener Scheme's contribution to the reduction in self-harm within the female prison estate. Louise has a multi-disciplinary background as she completed her MSc in Psychology and PhD in Criminology at Nottingham Trent University.

    Bailey Foster is a Research Assistant in the Social Work, Care and Community department at Nottingham Trent University. Before entering academia, Bailey worked as a Teaching Assistant across schools in Nottinghamshire, whilst also completing an MSc in Forensic Psychology. This has led Bailey to be interested in inequalities within the justice system for people with additional needs. As Bailey is a researcher across the Social Work, Care and Community department, she has also worked on projects relating to child sexual exploitation and transitional support, consent education and mental health.