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Preparing for Professional Practice in Health and Social Care

Anita Atwal (Editor), Mandy Jones (Editor)
ISBN: 978-1-4443-1634-6
224 pages
September 2009, Wiley-Blackwell
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Preparing for Professional Practice in Health and Social Care is the ultimate companion for students and newly qualified practitioners in occupational therapy, physiotherapy and other allied health professions.

A multi-professional team of qualified and experienced contributors explain key concepts in professional practice within the contexts of health, social care and education systems. Topics range from law, ethics and client-centred practice to interprofessional working, team-building, communication skills and reflective practice. Further chapters provide practical guidance on writing a CV, applying for jobs and interview technique, as well as offering advice on career-planning and continuing professional development.


  • clear definitions of key concepts
  • case studies and examples from clinical practice
  • summaries of key points
  • self-assessment exercises
  • references and further reading
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Table of Contents

Contributors list v

Contributors' biographies viii

Introduction xiii

1 Interprofessional teamwork 1
Anita Atwal and Wolfie Smith

2 Management of self, health service users and their families 21
Mandy Jones and Alison Warland

3 Reflection and professional practice 41
Alison Blank

4 Challenges of client-centred practice in professional practice 51
Thelma Sumsion

5 Empowerment in the context of practice: The times they are a-changin' 63
Margaret Gallagher and Elizabeth Cassidy

6 Cultural issues in professional practice 77
Kee Hean Lim

7 The ethics of healthcare and multiprofessional dilemmas 99
David Anderson-Ford

8 Documentation and the use of the International Classifi cation of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) in interprofessional working 113
Anne McIntyre

9 Preparation for professional practice: evidence-based practice 131
Sally Spencer

10 The golden thread of continuing professional development – continuing professional development and professional portfolios 143
Margaret Gallagher

11 Preparation for health and social care employment 155
Mandy Jones and Judith McIntyre

12 Career planning for therapists 179
Christine Craik

Professional and statutory bodies – documentation, standards and guidelines 195

Resources for evidence-based practice 197

Index 199

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Author Information

Anita Atwal (PhD) Lecturer in Occupational Therapy, Department of Health and Social Care, Brunel University. Module leader for MSc modules. Clinical experience with older people. Expert in interprofessional working. Clinically based research. Written papers for international peer publication and a book on older people 'Occupational Therapy and Older people' (Blackwell).

Mandy Jones Lecturer Physiotherapy, School of Health Sciences and Social Care, Brunel University, London. She has a Doctoral Degree in Physiology from Imperial College of Medicine, Science and Technology, a Masters in Physiology from University College London and a Graduate Diploma in Physiotherapy. Her career has included extensive clinical experience in critical care and respiratory medicine plus physiotherapy education. She published an applied physiology text book aimed at physiotherapists which is now core text nationally at undergraduate level. She wrote the curriculum and co-ordinated the first multi-professional MSc in adult critical care. Her special interest is the influence of sleep on respiratory physiology, which continues to be her research focus.

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