Understanding Partnership Working

District nurse, Team, Health

Unit 530 Understand Partnership Working
1. Identify the key features of effective partnership working A large body of experience and research provides clear evidence about many of the key determinants of successful partnerships. The focus is to achieve better outcomes through improved service delivery. Partnership working has come a long way in recent years. There is now a consensus that effective partnership working is essential in order to design, develop and deliver personal services for those requiring support and assistance to optimise their independence and happiness. The most important features of an effective partnership are engaging the right people and ensuring they function as a genuine team. To achieve this requires:

➢ A balanced team: Partnerships need to consist of a balanced team involving all relevant bodies. The team needs to have good leaders who can understand the complexities of group working, build up motivation and trust, and resolve conflicts between members when they arise. The team needs to have both senior people, who have the authority to make decisions on behalf of their organisations, and innovative people, who have the experience to develop new solutions to a range of problems. ➢ Trust: Before people are prepared to implement the partnership’s decisions in their own organisations, they need a high level of trust in each other and hence confidence in the collective decisions they take. Both personal and professional trust and mutual respect are factors in inter professional working. ➢ Motivation: To ask people and organisations to work in partnership is to ask them to adopt new ways of working and to accept a degree of collective control over their activities. To do this, people need to be motivated by a common vision in which they all believe and a confidence in their collective ability to achieve it. ➢ Conflict resolution mechanisms: Bringing people together in partnership, often with divergent views on issues,...
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