Unit 5 Working in Partnership in Health and Social Care



Unit 5:
Working in Partnership in Health


and Social Care

Unit code:
F/601/1576

QCF level:
5


Credit value:
15






Aim

The aim of this unit is to enable learners to develop understanding of the importance of working positively 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 of power 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 autonomy with individuals. They also need to be aware of their own roles and responsibilities and how they relate 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 and encourage independence. Second they will consider partnerships between different professionals within health and social care and explore inter-agency working. Finally, they will investigate organisational 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 philosophies and joint working practices. Methods of promoting positive partnership working will be analysed along with relevant legislation and organisational policies and procedures. Learners will also examine strategies to improve the outcomes of partnership working for users of services, professionals and organisations.

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, professionals and organisations in health and social care services.










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Unit content



1      Understand partnership philosophies and relationships in health and social care services

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, health workers, 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; informed decision making; information sharing; confidentiality; professional roles and responsibilities; models of working eg unified, coordinated, coalition and hybrid models; management structures; communication methods; current inter-disciplinary and inter-agency working eg Multi-Area Agreements (MAA), Local Area Agreements (LAA); joint working agreements

Legislation affecting partnership working: current and relevant legislation eg relating to health, social care, safeguarding children and young people, mental health, disability, data protection, 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 policy documents 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 service provision, disempowerment

Outcomes for professionals: positive outcomes eg coordinated service provision, professional approach, clear roles and responsibilities, organised communication, avoidance of duplication, preventing mistakes, efficient use of resources; negative outcomes eg professional 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; negative outcomes eg communication breakdown, disjointed service provision, increased costs, loss of shared purpose







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Barriers to partnership working: lack of understanding of roles and responsibilities; negative attitudes; lack of communication, not sharing information; different priorities; different attitudes and values

Strategies to improve outcomes: communication, information sharing; consultation; negotiation; models of empowerment; collective multi-agency working; dealing with conflict; stakeholder analysis
































































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Learning outcomes and assessment criteria


Learning outcomes
Assessment criteria for pass


On successful completion of
The learner can:


this unit a learner will:










LO1 Understand partnership

1.1
explain the philosophy of working in partnership in


philosophies and


health and social care


relationships in health and

1.2
evaluate partnership relationships within health and


social care services





social care services













LO2 Understand how to promote

2.1
analyse models of partnership working across the health


positive partnership working


and social care sector


with users of services,

2.2
review current legislation and organisational practices


professionals and





and policies for partnership working in health and social


organisations in health and






care


social care services











2.3
explain how differences in working practices and





policies affect collaborative working







LO3 Be able to evaluate the

3.1
evaluate possible outcomes of partnership working for


outcomes of partnership


users of services, professionals and organisations


working for users of services,

3.2
analyse the potential barriers to partnership working in


professionals and





health and social care services


organisations in health and









social care services.

3.3
devise strategies to improve outcomes for partnership





working in health and social care services.









































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Guidance



Links

This unit has links with, for example:

       Unit 1: Communicating in Health and Social Care Organisations

       Unit 2: Principles of Health and Social Care Practice

       Unit 17: Community Development Work

       Unit 21: Supporting Significant Life Events.

This unit also has links with the National Occupational Standards in Health and Social Care. See Annexe B for mapping.

This unit also has links with the National Occupational Standards in Leadership and Management for Care Services. See Annexe C for mapping.

Essential requirements

Tutors must have sound knowledge of the working practices of a range of different services in health and social care, housing and education. The philosophy of working in partnership will need to be outlined with reference to the Children Act 2004, the NHS and Community Care Act 1990 and the Working Together 1999 document and current and emerging policy initiatives.

Employer engagement and vocational contexts

The delivery of this unit relies heavily on employer engagement and would benefit from professional input. 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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