Health Policy for Health Care Professionals
- Peter L Bradshaw - University of Huddersfield, UK
- Gwendolen Bradshaw - University of Bradford, UK
Health Services Research | Nursing Administration & Management
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.
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
Very precise guide to the policies surrounding healthcare. Excellent overview of the history of the NHS.
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.
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
A well written addition to the course reading list.
Useful book as a historical development text for health and social care policy students
A very interesting book that provides background to the political aspects of health care
This has been useful for the Masters in health and social care, as it introduces concepts that help students analyse this complex area