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EthicsContemporary challenges in health and social care$
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Audrey Leathard and Susan McLaren

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9781861347558

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861347558.001.0001

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Ethics and the management of health and social care

Ethics and the management of health and social care

(p.156) (p.157) Eleven Ethics and the management of health and social care

Jeff Girling

Policy Press

This chapter argues that policy trends in health and social care provide us with a stark reminder of the desirability of searching for an appropriate ethic to help guide the practice of management. At the same time, it is argued that there are no ‘off-the-shelf’ solutions. Even if there were, these should be treated with extreme caution. This is because the challenge lies very squarely before management itself. It has to find its own approach and method of formalising learning in order to enable effective managerial practice. What is offered here is best seen as a ‘starter for ten’. There is much work still to be done if managers are to build on the assumption which underpins the suggested framework that ethical and general managerial decision making are interdependent, and need to be recognised as such and developed together.

Keywords:   health care, social care, management practice, ethical management

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