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Digital Connection in Health and Social Work

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Digital Connection in Health and Social Work

Perspectives from Covid-19

AUTHOR : Edited by Denise Turner and Michael Fanner

ISBN : 9781914171925

Edition No : 1

Publication : Feb 9, 2022

Extent : 144 pgs

ISBN : 9781914171932

Edition No : 1

Publication : Feb 9, 2022

Extent : 144 pgs

ISBN : 9781914171949

Edition No : 1

Publication : Feb 9, 2022

Extent : 144 pgs


This book focusses on the move to digitally mediated forms of teaching, learning and practice during Covid-19 and offers a series of case studies which showcase positive practices during this time. 


Education, Health and Social Work services have all been at the forefront of national debate since the first UK lockdown in March 2020. Schools, Colleges and Higher Education institutions moved rapidly to online delivery, with educators, parents, practice learning partners and students alike compelled to adapt to online connection, disrupting previous norms and forcing a rapid acquisition of new skills.


In health and social care practice, there has been a similar move to online delivery, whilst maintaining consistency of service and support. The pandemic also coincided with the recommendations of the national Digital Capabilities for Social Work project, commissioned by Health Education England, which produced a prescient framework for professional practice.

This book showcases innovative ways in which practice and education have responded to the challenges of Covid 19. With ongoing debate about planning for the next pandemic, as well as adapting to the post Covid landscape, the book is a valuable resource for all those involved in health and social work education and practice.




Foreword (Mark Nicholas, Chief SW NHS Digital)

Introduction (Denise Turner and Michael Fanner) 

Health Chapters:

  1. "The trouble with normal …” Covid19’s legacy and the multipotentiality for co-creating teaching, learning and assessing
  2. Redesigning Virtual Learning Environments for Student Paramedics: Applying Laurillard’s (2012) notion of six ‘learning’ types to Flipped Classroom Strategy
  3. A health workforce fit for the delivery of 21st Century care.
  4. How Covid-19 has impacted upon the practice learning experience of pre-registration nursing students
  5. Training 10s of 1000s of the public – developing mass volunteer training to help the NHS respond to the Covid-19 pandemic
  6. Putting down the laptop and rolling up the sleeves
  7. Critical Care Education During a Pandemic


Social Work Chapters:

  1. Digital Capabilities and Covid 19
  2. Covid 19 and the virtual generation
  3. Mental Wealth and Emotional Wellbeing during Covid 19
  4. Can we keep the environment in mind while we adjust to renewed freedoms?
  5. National Activity Providers Association
  6. Creative social work in a Virtual World :Connection and Creativity: A case study on a CPD Work Based Learning Module
  7. Mindfulness in social work leadership


Dr Denise Turner is an experienced, registered Social Worker and currently works as a Senior Lecturer in Social Work.

Her research interests encompass digital practices and death, loss and bereavement. She was Chair of the Advisory Group for the national Digital Capabilities project for Social Work, delivered by SCIE and BASW and is interested in the positive challenges of digital media. She has authored a book on parents’ experiences of the professional response to sudden, unexpected child death and is currently involved with research focused on bereavement and grief resulting from Covid19.

Dr Michael Fanner graduated at as Adult Nurse (2012) and Specialist Community Public Health Nurse / Health Visitor (2013) at King’s College London and was awarded a PhD in social policy at the University of Greenwich in 2020. Up until 2018, Michael worked in a variety of clinical, academic and voluntary organisations in child protection, health visiting and emergency care. In 2018, Michael became a Lecturer at the University of West London and was a main architect of the UK’s first MSc Paramedic Science (Pre-Registration) and subsequent module leader and teacher for the population health and behavioural science, evidence translation, dissertation and complex paramedic care delivery modules. In 2021, Michael moved to the University of Hertfordshire to become a Senior Lecturer in Specialist Community Public Health Nursing and now leads on the child protection, research methods, social policy, and prescribing modules. Michael maintains clinical practice as an event nurse (and trainer / assessor) with St John Ambulance and has research interests in how professionals ‘deal with’ ethically complex social issues in clinical practice. Michael is an Associate Editor for Child Abuse Review and is also a Technical Advisor for the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Public Health Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health at Public Health England.

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