WORKING IN PARTNERSHIP WITH HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE

Unit title:     WORKING IN PARTNERSHIP WITH HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE

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Unit code:                 F/601/1576
Level:                                     5
Credit value:                        15


AIMS

The aim of this unit is to enable learners to develop understanding of the importance of workingpositively in partnership with others in health and social care.

UNIT ABSTRACT

Working in partnership is a key element of practice within health and social care. The concepts ofpower sharing, consultation and joint ways of working are essential for effective service provision.

Health and social care professionals need to understand the importance of promoting autonomywith individuals. They also need to be aware of their own roles and responsibilities and how theyrelate to others within the sector.

Learners will explore the nature of partnership on three levels. First they will examine
partnerships with users of services that empower individuals to make informed decisions andencourage independence. Second they will consider partnerships between different professionalswithin health and social care and explore inter-agency working. Finally, they will investigateorganisational partnerships and examines different ways of joint working at a strategic level.

Learners will study a range of theories and research findings relating to partnership philosophiesand joint working practices. Methods of promoting positive partnership working will be analysedalong with relevant legislation and organisational policies and procedures. Learners will alsoexamine strategies to improve the outcomes of partnership working for users of services,professionals and organisations.

INTENDED LEARNING OUTCOMES

On successful completion of this unit a learner will:

1          Understand partnership philosophies and relationships in health and social care services
2          Understand how to promote positive partnership working with users of services,professionals and organisations in health and social care services
3          Be able to evaluate the outcomes of partnership working for users of services, professionalsand organisations in health and social care services.
UNIT CONTENT

1          Understand partnership philosophies and relationships in health and social careservices
Partnership philosophies: empowerment; independence; autonomy; respect; power sharing;making informed choices
Partnership relationships: with users of services eg children, elderly, young people in care,people with disabilities, people with learning difficulties, people with mental health issues,patients, refugees, asylum seekers; with professional groups eg social workers, healthworkers, educationalists, therapists, support workers; with organisations eg statutory,voluntary, private, independent, charitable, community forums

2          Understand how to promote positive partnership working with users of services,professionals and organisations in health and social care services
Positive partnership working: empowerment; theories of collaborative working; informeddecision making; information sharing; confidentiality; professional roles and responsibilities;models of working eg unified, coordinated, coalition and hybrid models; managementstructures; communication methods; current inter-disciplinary and inter-agency working egMulti-Area Agreements (MAA), Local Area Agreements (LAA); joint working agreements
Legislation affecting partnership working: current and relevant legislation eg relating tohealth, social care, safeguarding children and young people, mental health, disability, dataprotection, diversity, equality and inclusion
Organisational practices and policies: current and relevant practices; agreed ways of working;statutory, voluntary and private agency practices; local, regional and national policydocuments produced by eg government departments, specialists units, voluntary agencies;risk assessment procedures; employment practices; service planning procedures

3          Be able to evaluate the outcomes of partnership working for users of services,professionals and organisations in health and social care services
Outcomes for users of services: positive outcomes eg improved services, empowerment,autonomy, informed decision making; negative outcomes eg neglect, abuse, harm, anger,miscommunication, information overload, confusion, frustration, duplication of serviceprovision, disempowerment
Outcomes for professionals: positive outcomes eg coordinated service provision, professionalapproach, clear roles and responsibilities, organised communication, avoidance ofduplication, preventing mistakes, efficient use of resources; negative outcomes egprofessional rivalry, miscommunication, time wasting, mismanagement of funding
Outcomes for organisations: positive outcomes eg coherent approach, shared principles,comprehensive service provision, common working practices, integrated services; negativeoutcomes eg communication breakdown, disjointed service provision, increased costs, loss of shared purpose
Barriers to partnership working: lack of understanding of roles and responsibilities; negativeattitudes; lack of communication, not sharing information; different priorities; differentattitudes and values
Strategies to improve outcomes: communication, information sharing; consultation;negotiation; models of empowerment; collective multi-agency working; dealing with conflict;stakeholder analysis

learning outcomes and assessment criteria


Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of
this unit a learner will:

Assessment criteria for pass

LO1    Understand partnership philosophies and relationships in health and social care services
1.1 explain the philosophy of working in partnership inhealth and social care
1.2 evaluate partnership relationships within health andsocial care services
LO2    Understand how to promotepositive partnership workingwith users of services,professionals andorganisations in health andsocial care services
2.1 analyse models of partnership working across the healthand social care sector
2.2 review current legislation and organisational practicesand policies for partnership working in health and socialcare
2.3 explain how differences in working practices andpolicies affect collaborative working
LO3    Be able to evaluate theoutcomes of partnershipworking for users of services,professionals andorganisations in health andsocial care services.
3.1 evaluate possible outcomes of partnership working forusers of services, professionals and organisations
3.2 analyse the potential barriers to partnership working inhealth and social care services
3.3 devise strategies to improve outcomes for partnershipworking in health and social care services.

Essential requirements


The philosophy of working in partnership will needto be outlined with reference to the Children Act 2004, the NHS and Community Care Act 1990and the Working Together 1999 document and current and emerging policy initiatives. Access to policy on partnership from different organisations would be useful as would case studies from a range of health and social care contexts.




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