Working in Partnership

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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 for users of services, professionals and organisations in health and social care services 3.1…………………………………………………………………………………..pp. 9-10 3.2……………………………………………………………………………..……p. 10 3.3…………………………………………………………………………………..p. 11

REFERENCE LIST………………………………………………………………pp. 12-14

INTRODUCTION
Working in partnership in health and social care sector is seen as an effective and embracing strategy for the successful delivery of services for the service providers as well as the service users. According to Glendinning et al. (2002, p. 3), and Sullivan and Skelcher (2002), partnership working would involve at least two agencies with common interests of interdependencies and require a degree of trust, equality, a shared responsibility and an intention to deliver benefits or added values which could not have been achieved by a sole agency acting alone. Therefore, in this essay various concepts for building effective partnership relationships to achieve positive outcomes will be discussed in detail.

LO1
There are 6 different philosophies generally acknowledged and aspired to be fulfilled in health and social care partnership working which are as explained below. At first, Autonomy is conceptualised as ‘self-determination in health care ethics, which means if a person is autonomous, he or she can make own decisions regarding treatment and care’ (Widdershoven and Abma, 2012, p. 217). Independence indicates playing self-governing roles around everything to do with oneself (Beales and Platz, 2008). For instance, allowing an elderly client to conduct easy daily tasks on her own and waiting till the completion of task can promote an independent achievement of the service user. At third, making informed choices implies ‘building up a picture of the available options, and understandable, relevant and high-quality information to compare the advantages and disadvantages of each for decision-making’ (Ovretveit, 1996; Rosen et al., 2005, p. 18). In order to facilitate utmost choice from the service user side, the information given from the service provider should include what, where, when and how things can be done. Furthermore, empowerment is about ‘enabling people to take control over their lives through choices and be as independent as possible’ (Rasheed et al., 2010, p, 24). As an important concept in the partnership relationships between the service providers and users, empowering clients could leads them to an achievement of autonomy, independence and making choices in their life. For instance, giving information and possible treatment options and arranging regular health check-ups at a GP for a patient and a family member would allow the patient to organise proper dietary plan and take right dose of medication at right time with an assistance of family members and a home carer. It may also bring a more independent and autonomous self-image to the patient about him or herself, and a stronger responsibility of own health condition through self decision-making process under the empowerment philosophy. At fifth, in the service user and provider relationships respect can be described ‘as a set of attitudes and behaviours displayed towards an individual or group which demonstrates politeness and consideration’ (NHS...
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