Working in Partnership Essay

4015 Words May 7th, 2013 17 Pages
St. Patrick’s College London

HND Health and Social Care Management
Working in Partnership in
Health and Social Care

Lecturer: Dr. Umesh Prasad

CONTENTS PAGE

INTRODUCTION…………………………………………………………….….p. 3

LO1 Understand partnership philosophies and relationships in health and social care services
1.1…………………………………………………………………………..………pp. 3-4
1.2…………………………………………………………………………………..pp. 4-5

LO2 Understand how to promote positive partnership working with users of services, professionals and organisations in health and social care services
2.1……………………………………………………………………………….….pp. 6-7
2.2…………………………………………………………………………………..pp. 7-8
2.3…………………………………………………………………………………..p. 8

LO3 Be able to evaluate the outcomes of partnership working
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For instance, by using a person-centred approach, a social worker could learn about a particular client as a whole through effective communication, and customise certain healthcare and social services according to the preference and wish of the client. This process would increase satisfaction and contribution level of the user as he or she and the social worker cooperatively produce service plan, and after all, it could lead to positive partnership relationship.
Secondly, among the various health and social care professionals, their skills and abilities of working within a team may be the fundamental factor to maintain an effective partnership. Different professionals, such as nurses, carers, social workers and physiotherapist have their own specialty and knowledge in particular areas. In order to pool their different skills, abilities and commitment, they need to be open to exchange ideas, encompass diverse professional areas, and clearly define work responsibilities (Greig and Poxton, 2001).
For instance, when I was volunteering in a nursing home for the elderly, every staff who works in a team had to attend at meetings before and after they provide daily service. Throughout the team meeting, each professional was able to share necessary information and audit each other’s given duties within their work roles in order to achieve team goals which eventually link to the

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