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Professionalism

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’This book is relevant and accessible to those inside and outside of the health and social care professions.’

Title: Professionalism

Authors: Alan Cribb and Sharon Gewirtz

Publisher: Polity Press

Reviewer: Simon Browes, clinical strategy and development lead, NEMS Community Benefit Services Limited

What was it like?

This is an important and though-provoking book for practitioners and student of health and social care. It explores the varied concepts and perspectives of professionalism and what it means “being a professional” in modern society.

The first chapter explores the idea of professionals as both heroes and antiheroes in society, the positive and negative attributes, advantages and burdens bestowed upon us, with increasingly high expectations, and viewed as Gods and Angels, but with the potential do as much harm as good. The authors draw on high-profile examples to illustrate their arguments. Presenting some first-hand accounts could perhaps have brought this to life a little more. As you read on, they build on these themes, exploring the notions of a “license to care” and “impossible dreams”; there is much for readers to relate to and consider.

What were the highlights?

The book feels modern relevant and contemporaneous. It does not limit itself to one professional group and in doing so opens up the concept across the broad health and social care professions, bringing out our commonalities whilst acknowledging our differences.

Strengths & weaknesses:

The book is well-structured and uses accessible, interesting language. The chapters are relative short and have a common approach, making this an easy book to pick up and put-down.

There is an index and notes for readers, with references to further reading.

Who should read it?

This book is relevant and accessible to those inside and outside of the health and social care professions. Learners, practitioners and interested others can all take something from this book.

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