Addressing the changing world of professionalism, this text combines theory, research and practice, using real case studies, to investigate the process of becoming professional. Mapping the journey from allied or associate practitioner positions through qualifying and into advanced practitioner status, it is a valuable companion for health and social care, social work and allied health students from the beginning of their studies.

Developing Professional Practice in Health and Social Care is an accessible text, including case studies, reflective exercises and activities, chapter aims and summaries and further reading boxes throughout. It covers:

  • the context for professional practice, including historical perspectives, policy and discussion of relevant competencies and frameworks
  • the concept of professionalism, exploring what it means to be a professional
  • values and ethics underpinning professional practice
  • professional identity development, including formation and changes in identity
  • professional practice in complex environments, paying particular attention to working in organisations
  • becoming a critical and globally aware practitioner
  • the role of evidence and knowledge in professional practice
  • working with supervision.

Maintaining a strong focus on the ethical dimensions of professional practice, this text emphasises how health and social care practitioners can contribute to social justice and challenge social exclusion.

chapter |6 pages


chapter 1|24 pages

The current context and climate of professionals

Definitions and history
ByAdam Barnard

chapter 2|29 pages

Philosophy for professionals

The practice of philosophy
ByAdam Barnard, Hannah Sawtell

chapter 3|13 pages

Values and ethics for professionals

ByAdam Barnard

chapter 4|19 pages

Professional identity

ByNick Hartop, Adam Barnard, Mick Wilkinson

chapter 5|28 pages

Working in organisational systems

Current challenges and dilemmas
BySimon Howard

chapter 6|10 pages

Critical practice: ‘Touching something lightly many times’

Some thoughts on language and reparation in relation to mental health and social justice
ByLinda Kemp

chapter 7|11 pages

Globalised practice

ByAdam Barnard

chapter 8|12 pages

Reflections on conditionality

Issues of social policy for the emerging professional
ByChris Towers

chapter 9|16 pages

Professional supervision

ByJane Challinor

chapter 10|11 pages

Reflective writing for professional practice

BySiân Trafford

chapter 11|19 pages

Contemplating ‘career’ across disciplines

Reflexive explorations of ‘career’
ByRicky Gee

chapter 12|12 pages

Personal development planning as reflection

ByCatherine Goodall

chapter 13|18 pages

Journeys of faith

Personal stories and faith development in church schools
ByAndy Wolfe

chapter 14|17 pages

A personal learning journey

ByVicky Palmer

chapter 15|21 pages

‘Tain from the mirror

Towards an education for reflection in the helping professions
ByKevin Flint, Vicky Palmer, Adam Barnard

chapter |6 pages