Work in Partnership

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Unit M2c
Working in partnership in health and social care or children and young people’s settings 1. Understand partnership working

2.1 Identify the features of effective partnership working. One key motivation for working in partnership is to achieve more than could possibly be achieved by any stand-alone organisation – the whole being greater than the sum of the parts.

Characteristics of successful partnerships:
* Fill knowledge and skills gap-learning and innovation are connected to the development of successful partnership, particularly when these partnerships are designed – as in health and social care - to tackle complex, interlinked issues, which individual organisations have failed for years effectively to resolve in isolation. Education and development can also help individuals to work in partnership, to cope with the stress caused by uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity and to bond together teams into an effective whole. * Partnership agreement - good practice to develop a partnership agreement. The purpose of the partnership agreement is to prevent disputes by determining the rights, responsibilities and powers of each partner. * Lead -committed, clear, effective and visible leadership is frequently quoted as one of the key factors of effective partnerships. Descriptions of exactly what that leadership comprises are rarer, although across political, managerial and clinical leadership, absolute conviction of the need for partnership and building trust are often cited. * Involve the right partners - the choice, continued motivation and meaningful involvement of partners are instrumental to success. * Authority to make decisions- people attending meetings must have delegated responsibility for making decisions. * Engage users and carers - ensure user and carer view are given proper weight * Communicate - everybody knows that good communication is absolutely vital to successful partnership, and yet it is...
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