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Health Policy for Health Care Professionals

Health Policy for Health Care Professionals

First Edition

September 2004 | 168 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
`This excellent, concise and even-handed book confronts the contradictions and dilemmas at the heart of today's NHS. The book is aimed at healthcare professionals and students of health policy, and covers its major themes over the past 60 years, with particular attention to Labour's policy agenda since 1997' - Healthmatters

Health Policy for Health Care Professionals is a contemporary guide to the health service, its origins and current agenda, which focuses on the challenges faced by health service workers in implementing government policy at local level. The book's aim is to help health care professionals make assessments of health policy by giving them an understanding of the ideological basis of the British health care system and the challenges facing the modern National Health Service.

Beginning with the development of the NHS and its place within the broader context of state welfare provision, the book looks at the options available to governments in formulating policy which responds to health needs. It examines the policies set by recent governments and the feasibility of achieving objectives set by the current NHS Plan. Looking to the future, the book also identifies key issues for health policy in the next decade.

Recognizing the reality of working in today's NHS, the authors highlight the tension which often exists between the formation and implementation of health policy. The central concern of policy makers to act for the collective good frequently creates problems for practitioners trying to align services with individual patient need and choice.

Health Policy for Health Care Professionals is an ideal text for anyone training for a career in the NHS and an excellent resource for qualified practitioners assessing and implementing policy.

Health Policy
A Commentary for Health Professionals

The Prelude to Today's National Health Service
The Modernization Agenda of the NHS
The Major Challenges for a Modernized NHS
Generating Financial Resources and Making Better Use of Them
Who Controls the NHS?
The Unfolding Tale

Although from a nursing perspective this book is interesting and provides a fundamental insight into Health Policy. However in relation to my HNC Health & Social Care Students, I would not classify it as an essential part of the course material. Although if students do read this book it is certainly help them to gain a better understanding of how the NHS is managed, how it has changed and how we can make better use of the financial resources

Mr Denise Nannetti
Education (Stevenage), North Herts College
January 5, 2015

Very precise guide to the policies surrounding healthcare. Excellent overview of the history of the NHS.

Miss Moya Lerigo-Jones
Faculty of Social Science and Business, University of Plymouth
October 24, 2013

This book will help to make a rather boring and uninteresting subject matter Re: NHS structure actually interesting. This book is an ideal supplement to the academic modules in the degree programme for General Adult Nursing and indeed other health care professionals will find this book very helpful.
Some concepts are rather difficult to understand yet this book explains these concepts using language which is easily understood. My only slight criticism of this book is that some references referred to are rather dated.

Nursing, Midwifery & Allied Health Pro, Northumbria University
November 28, 2012

Essential reading for Access to Nursing, this book is easy reading giving a very good insite int social Policy and issues during the Blair Government

Useful for essay on the NHS

Ms Christine Holmes
Health , Burnley College
January 20, 2012

A well written addition to the course reading list.

Mrs Karyn Richardson
Dental, University of Teesside
August 7, 2011

Useful book as a historical development text for health and social care policy students

Dr Susan Ashton
Faculty of Health and Applied Social Sciences, Liverpool John Moores University
July 20, 2011

A very interesting book that provides background to the political aspects of health care

Mrs Maria Evans
Division of Midwifery & Women's Health, Bradford University
January 4, 2011

This has been useful for the Masters in health and social care, as it introduces concepts that help students analyse this complex area

Ms Jackie Hughes
[DEPARTMENT NOT SPECIFIED], Huddersfield University
December 29, 2010

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