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Social Policy For Nurses And The Helping Professions
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Main description:

  • What is social policy and why is it relevant to nursing and other caring professions?
  • How has the welfare state changed in response to new social problems?
  • What roles do professionals and lay people play in providing welfare services?
This fully revised text is one of a series of books providing coherent and multi-disciplinary support for all client groups involved in the provision of health and social care. The book examines the relationship between welfare and health and includes discussion of key policy issues such as; changes in health care delivery, regulation of professionals, privatisation, welfare pluralism and the tackling of health and social inequalities. The significance of social policy in preventing ill health and disability, as well as supporting the sick and disabled people, is emphasised throughout the book.

This new edition is updated throughout and includes new chapters on:

  • Health policy in the post-war period
  • The role of health and social care professionals
  • The future of social policy and health in the 21st century
Social Policy for Nurses and the Helping Professions equips students with a lively, readable and well-illustrated introduction to social policy. The reader is guided through the material with the help of chapter summaries, further reading and a glossary, as well as new examples and case studies to reflect the different client groups within nursing.


What is social policy?
The development of the welfare state
Health policy in the post war period
Poverty, inequality and social policy
Public health and health inequalities
Welfare pluralism
The mixed economy of community care
The changing role of the voluntary sector in the provision of social welfare
Lay perspectives and the role of informal care
The role of health and social care professionals
Social policy and health in the 21st Century


ISBN-13: 9780335230136
Publisher: McGraw-Hill (Open University Press)
Publication date: April, 2007
Pages: 340

Subcategories: General Practice


Stephen Peckham is Senior Lecturer at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. From 2000 to 2005 he was Head of Sociology and Social Policy at Oxford Brookes University. He has worked with a number of national and local voluntary organisations and is a Non-Executive Board Member of a primary care trust.

Liz Meerabeau is Head of the School of Health and Social Care at the University of Greenwich. From 1993 to 1997 she was a research manager with the Policy Research Programme in the Department of Health, mainly managing projects on education and workforce issues for all health care professions.