The health and social care divide

The experiences of older people

Improving partnership working between health and social care agencies has recently gained increased impetus as a result of New Labour’s commitment to joined-up government. This book provides a detailed but accessible introduction to policy and practice at the interface between health and social care.

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Drawing on key research, government policies and real-life case studies, the book assists health and social care professionals to work more effectively together in order to improve services for users and carers.

The health and social care divide:

explains why partnerships are important and what helps/hinders partnership working;

reviews the legal and policy framework, providing a chronological overview and placing current initiatives in their historical and social policy context;

summarises existing research findings with regard to key health and social care policy debates;

uses case studies to explore the implications of this research for health and social care practitioners;

provides good practice guidance for both students and front-line practitioners.

Jon Glasby is a qualified social worker and Senior Lecturer in the Health Services Management Centre, University of Birmingham, UK.

Rosemary Littlechild is a Lecturer in Social Work at the Institute of Applied Social Studies, University of Birmingham, UK.

Author/Editor details at time of book publication.