Immanuel Kant is credited with saying that ‘theory without practice is empty, practice without theory is blind.’ It is generally accepted that any area of professional practice requires an underpinning conceptual framework based on a range of theoretical models that help the practitioners to organise and understand the key elements of their practice. A clear understanding of theories and models underpinning practice also helps to provide clarity about the role of the practitioner, provides a clear rational for any actions taken or decisions made and helps to clarify professional responsibilities and boundaries as well as standardise practice across educational providers and geographical areas.
There are undoubtedly an abundance of theories that underpin health visiting practice and it would be impossible to highlight them all. This game is intended to stimulate discussion between health visitor students and their Community Practice Teachers (CPT’s)/mentors about how the theories they come across in their core health visiting training relate to their practice as a health visitor.
The theories selected are based on the topics that the Department of Health have suggested should be included in health visitor training programmes.
This game supports achievement of the Specialist Community Public Health Nursing Standards of Proficiency for specialist community public health nurses. In particular:
Surveillance and assessment of the population’s health and well-being.
Develop and sustain relationships with groups and individuals with the aim of improving health and well-being.
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