Essay on Advocacy in health and social care

2367 Words Feb 28th, 2014 10 Pages
Find two journal articles that cover the topic of advocacy in health and social care. Use these articles in conjunction with the module materials to discuss how advocacy can increase the power of service users when engaging with health and social care services.

At some point in people’s lives, they will find themselves in a situation where they may need to participate in decision-making about their care and this essay looks at how advocacy can increase the power of service users when engaging in health and social care services. It will look at Arnstein’s ladder of participation, outline the process and aim of advocacy and its different forms, and have a brief look at power. It will consider Henderson and Pochin’s idea of
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Power-to develops a capacity to take action, a power that is given to a group or individual by outside agencies. Power-with develops co-operation, a power that lies in being able to achieve a joint outcome, and finally, power-over which develops resisting force, a power which might force someone to do something against their will, (Tilley, 2010, p.54). Power can mean different things to different people in different situations, and the way in which people experience using health and social care services, can leave them feeling powerful or powerless, this is because of the power imbalance between the service user and professionals and therefore power is a central issue in health and social care.

Power plays a part in relationships between social groups, individuals and practices of organisations and institutions, furthermore, having power allows people to influence people, events and it helps to get things done, (MacKian, 2010, p.6).
Since the closing decades of the twentieth century, there has been a growing importance on enhancing power for service users, and there are three core concepts namely choice, knowledge and participation. In relation to health and social care, individuals have a range of choices, they can choose whether to drink or smoke and by allowing service users to have choices, this gives them greater power. As well as choices, service users also need information, the knowledge to make these choices, however,

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