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Description - Health Policy for Health Care Professionals by Peter L. Bradshaw

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, Health Policy for Health Care Professionals 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. Recognising 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.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780761974017
ISBN-10: 0761974016
Format: Paperback
(234mm x 156mm x mm)
Pages: 168
Imprint: SAGE Publications Inc
Publisher: SAGE Publications Inc
Publish Date: 30-Sep-2004
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Peter L. Bradshaw

Professor Gwendolen Bradshaw is Head of the Division of Midwifery and Reproductive Health at the University of Bradford's School of Health Studies. She was co-chair of the England Midwifery 2020 Steering Group and also the chair of one of Midwifery 2020's subgroups.