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Transitions to practice: Essential concepts for health and social care professions


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ISBN: 9781910451083


January 2018 • M&K Publishing • 236pp



Teena J. Clouston, Occupational Therapy and Life Balance/Well-being, School of Healthcare Sciences, College of Biomedical and Life Sciences, Cardiff University, UK


Lyn Westcott, Associate Professor (Senior Lecturer), Associate Head of School of Health Professions: Internationalisation, Academic Lead Occupational Therapy, Faculty of Health and Human Sciences, University of Plymouth, UK


Steven W. Whitcombe, Senior Lecturer, Occupational Therapy and Health Professional Education, School of Healthcare Sciences, College of Biomedical and Life Sciences, Cardiff University, UK


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Whether you are a student, a trainee, or a newly qualified or highly experienced health or social care practitioner, you are always in a state of transition – progressing along a career path, coping with organisational change and dealing with the ever-increasing pressures placed on our health and social care systems.


Transitions to practice provides a vital map to help you navigate your way through these changes. The book begins with an exploration of the fundamental aspects of professionalism. This is followed by a section on the importance of communication for effective health and social care practice. The third section focuses on quality in practice; and the final section discusses personal values, safeguarding, spirituality and professional resilience.


Each chapter contains learning outcomes and reflective questions to help you apply the discussion to your own experiences and practice. These questions have been designed to challenge you and help you embed the content into your own professional journey, enabling you to uphold key values, like care, compassion and person-centred working, even under pressure.


Throughout the book, the authors have highlighted how transitions at all levels of practice are affected by personal, professional, organisational and political agendas that create critical challenges. They have also identified how you can interact with and confront these to effect positive action and change, thus achieving the best outcomes, not only for your patients and clients, but also for your own well-being and that of your colleagues.


Contents include:

  • Professional ethics, registration and fitness to practise
  • Being professional
  • A journey of professionalism: From novice to expert practitioner
  • Embracing professionalism: Becoming a responsible autonomous practitioner
  • Team working in complex organisations: Principles and practice
  • Partnership working
  • Communication in the digital age
  • The political and legal interface with professional practice
  • Duty of quality in times of constraint
  • Research in health and social care practice
  • Safeguarding vulnerable adults
  • Safeguarding children
  • Evidencing caring values in everyday practice
  • The place of spirituality in health and social care practice
  • The resilient practitioner



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