Cutting across the division between health care and social care, the book links policy to practice, juxtaposing the voices of a range of careers and service users wih insights from academic debate and research. The reader is divided into five sections, focusing on: the experience of caring or being cared for; the environments in which care takes place; the ways in which care has been conceptualized; issues of abuse in care setting; and the political context of care. Published as a set book for the Open University course: Health and Social Care (K100).
Martin Robb is a Lecturer in the Faculty of Health and Social Care at The Open University. He is co-editor of Relating Experience: stories from health and social care (Routledge, 2005); Communication, Relationships and Care (Routledge, 2004); and Understanding Health and Social Care (SAGE, 1998), and has published articles and book chapters on a wide range of topics, with a recent focus on issues of fatherhood, masculinity and childcare. Before joining the OU he worked in informal and community education projects with adults and young people.