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Transitions to Practice: Essential concepts for health and social care practitioners

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’While the book is aimed at those who are starting their journey as registered practitioners, it is relevant to students at all stages of their careers.’

Title: Transitions to Practice: Essential concepts for health and social care practitioners

Editors: Teena Clouston, Lyn Westcott and Steven Whitcombe

Publisher: MK Publishing

Reviewer: Andrew Southgate

What was it like?

Contributions to the book have been made from a range of health and social care professionals. As a result it has collaboration and inter professional working as a core theme that appears throughout the chapters. It also highlights many of the similarities between professions.

Some texts related to transition are uni professional. However, this book demonstrates that the challenges in moving from student to registered professional are similar, regardless of the professional context.

What were the highlights?

The book is divided into four distinct sections; Scaffolding professional Practice,Working Together and Communication, Quality in Practice and Caring Values, Spirituality, Resilience and the Duty of Care. It is the last of these that was the most absorbing. The content was highly thought provoking and relevant to the newly registered practitioner facing a range of complex challenges. Each chapter has clear learning outcomes and case study’s to help illuminate the topics explored in each of these.

Strengths and weaknesses

They also allow for reflection and can be used to assess knowledge and level of understanding of the concepts discussed. In addition, the reflective questions allow the reader to consider issues and challenges related to settings where they have worked. The inclusion of a self‐reflection table to enable exploration of professional behaviour highlights a range of questions to ask that might be overlooked. As a result, it facilitates movement away from simple “Yes” or “No” responses to considering what statements such as “Do I ever behave unprofessionally” and “Are my work relationships appropriate?” actually mean. As a result book facilitates reflective practice, which can be considered a core element of professional practice.

Relevant chapters explore the historical, political and social influences behind the topics. These enhance understanding of some of the challenges encountered by healthcare professionals by placing these in context. For example, that chapters related to Communication in the Digital Age, and Partnership Working ensure the content is contemporary and relevant.

Who should read it? 

While the book is aimed at those who are starting their journey as registered practitioners, it is relevant to students at all stages of their careers. For the pre‐registration student, it clearly outlines what the role and expectations of professional practice are; for the post graduate student, it can facilitate reflection on their journey to date and help identify areas for future enhancement and learning.

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