This student textbook includes topical analysis of changes in mental health policy and practice since the election of the Labour government in 1997. It includes a critical analysis of the transition from institutional to community care for people with mental health problems.
The second edition of this acclaimed book offers a critical analysis of the transition from institutional to community care for people with mental health problems. Despite the almost complete abandonment of the old Victorian asylum system, the powerful cultural legacy of segregation remains potent in modern thought Rogers and Pilgrim analyse the impact of new policies introduced by the Labour government since it came to power in 1997, identifying both the processes and causes of policy change and assessing its value in the context of longer term debates about madness and distress.
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'...a thoroughly well-researched text which provides a comprehensive overview of the complex nature of mental health policy in Britain...Social work students, practitioners, trainers and academics should find Mental Health Policy in Britain important because it provides a challenging account of the broad social and political context through which practice is shaped and changed.' - Jim Campbell, Social Work Education Reviews of First Edition: 'This book combines a historical view of policy development with a consideration of the various groups involved in mental health matters. It is well written and easy to read. It is recommended for those looking for a modern introductory text.' - Community Care 'an important contribution to the current literature about mental health policy' - British Journal of Social Work
About Anne Rogers
ANNE ROGERS is Professor of the Sociology of Health Care at the National Primary Care Research and Development Centre based at the University of Manchester. She was a Reader in Sociology at the University of Manchester for five years.
DAVID PILGRIM is Head of Adult and Forensic Psychology Services, Guild NHS Trust Preston and Professor of Mental Health at the University of Liverpool.
Table of Contents
List of figures and tables.- Preface.- PART 1: UNDERSTANDING POLICY FORMATION.- Policy Formation and Mental Health Services.- Interest Groups and their Perspectives.- PART 2: HISTORICAL CONSIDERATIONS.- The Dominance of the Victorian Asylum.- After the Second World War.- PART 3: POST-INSTITUTIONAL DEVELOPMENTS.- The Mental Health Professions.- Patients and their Significant Others.- From Mental Illness to Mental Health?.- Primary Care.- Community Mental Health Care.- The Disappearing Institution?.- Questions of Effectiveness.- Past, Present and Future.- Bibliography.- Index
Mental Health Policy in Britain by Anne Rogers
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