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The Role of the Health and Social Care Worker

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The role of the health and social care worker

Explain how a working relationship is different from a personal relationship

The difference between a working relationship and personal relationship is that:

A working relationship is where you are placed with other people and work as part of team where each individual is working following professional codes of conduct, towards the achievement of shared aims and objectives. By working to a set of rules and procedures for which you're paid, you are accountable and responsible for any mistakes and errors you make. Time limits and boundaries apply and you do not necessarily have to like the people you work with but need to keep personal opinions and feelings to yourself. Mutual respect and understanding is a key factor in developing a good working relationship.

A personal relationship is a relationship formed through choice, with someone who you like, who you may share interests and feelings with. In a personal relationship there are no sets of rules and procedures to follow and you are able to voice your personal opinions, thoughts and feelings. A personal relationship is therefore formed simply because you like that person and choose to have that relationship with them whether it is a family relationship, friendship or sexual relationship.

Describe the different working relationships in health and social care settings

There are many different working relationships in my work environment. •Management and staff - Comply with policies and procedures or agreed ways of working •Support worker & resident -Maintain a professional duty of care •Support worker & colleagues - Cooperate with colleagues and treat them with respect •Working relationships with outside agencies (Doctors, Dentists etc.) -Be professional, Keep clear records to enable on-going medical support •Multi-disciplinary teams - Keep up to date on a regular basis. •Parent, Relatives of services users- Be professional at all times,...

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