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Understanding Health Policy (Second edition)

This revised edition draws on historical health and social care policy agenda as well as current trends. Keeping abreast of this subject is challenging due to the divergence in the political landscape and underlying health and social care structures across the four UK countries.

The layout is easy to follow, allowing the reader to focus on one topic at a time – chapter eight, for example, specifically focuses on partnerships and health policy.

The purpose and content are outlined in the introduction and summarised as key points, presented as bullet points in the conclusion and followed by key questions. These questions have various uses, such as further reflection on the topic, discussion points with colleagues or students and a guide to further reading.

This edition provides a comprehensive overview of the bigger picture that drives health care across the UK. It is relevant to nurses working at all levels and is most likely to become a source of reference.

Much of the content can already be accessed through online references or from a library, but this is an informative, strategic text that would be of benefit to many nurses. The challenge

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