Social Work and the Transformation of Adult Social Care: Perpetuating a Distorted Vision?

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Policy Press, Apr 15, 2015 - Political Science - 204 pages
Health and social care reforms and cuts in services and finances are part of the everyday fabric of the social work landscape. This book takes a critical approach to the transformation agenda and the implications for adult health and social care. Fully informed by theory, research, policy and legislation the book uses a problem-based learning approach through the application of case studies to explain and explore the overlapping roles of social care and social policy. The book argues for the continued significance and importance of social work within the context of adult social care. It shows that social work can make a difference in the lives and experiences of many of the people who are perceived as being the most vulnerable people in society. This text is essential reading for students of social work and social policy, health and social care courses and other professional disciplines, social work educators and practitioners, and managers working in social care.


origins and influences
three Personalisation
four themes and continuities
five ideological confusion
six deprofessionalisation
seven assessment and decision making
eight reasserting the importance of social work values
nine issues for practice
ten conclusion
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Mark Lymbery is an Honorary Associate Professor at the University of Nottingham and a Visiting Fellow at the University of Lincoln. He has a long-standing academic interest in the development of adult social care. Karen Postle is a registered social worker and retired social work lecturer. She works as a practice educator for qualifying social workers and as an assessor/supervisor for newly qualified social workers. Karen has also published widely in adult social care.

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