Working in partnership in health and social care or children and young people’s settings
This essay will cover Working in Partnership and will discuss key features of effective partnership working and why it is important to work with people both inside your organisation and outside to achieve effective and achievable person-centred outcomes for an individual. It will allow me to evaluate and analyse my own skills within partnership working and expectations of outside professionals.
Identify the features of effective partnership working
The key features of effective partnership working are communication and understanding of ensuring that the best interests of a service user are at the forefront of planning and care. It is important to maintain honesty within agencies to build trust within multi-disciplinary teams to achieve the best outcomes for a service user. Working in partnership enables a service to cover all aspects of care of the individual and allows for the creating of solutions that may not be accessible without partnerships involved due to restricted knowledge in areas that are not your specialty, which therefore allows for more effective monitoring and evaluation of individuals needs. Effective partnership working assists in managing time and resources appropriately by identifying areas in which extra input is needed in a prompt manner which again promotes honest and trusting relationships. Through the diversity that every partner brings to the group, it is more beneficial as more relevant information can be shared, with outcomes actioned and co-ordinated.
When working in partnership, it enables people involved to have clear roles of responsibility to undertake work and tasks set by the multi-disciplinary team with there being a clear accountability for each aspect. This ensures that it is possible to track where a project may have faltered and provides a supportive network of other professionals who can assist in the efficient management of a service users care package. Due to this, it is important that when establishing the multi-disciplinary team, that the right people are involved. This could include colleagues, social workers, doctors, care coordinators, psychiatrists and family members of the service user.
When required, meetings will take place between different agencies involved in the care of an individual which will usually be coordinated by the agency that has raised the concern or identified an area in which extra input is needed. To enable this to be an effective process, agencies must share relevant information between each other always, to make sure that everyone is up to date with shared learning and can offer valid input in to the care of an individual. This could be sharing medical information, changes in behaviour, goals that are set, and other information relevant for the correct care planning.
To maintain an effective partnership, targets and aims should be met within an agreed timescale to fully benefit the service user and other members of the partnership. While constructive targets are set, it is not always possible to meet defined targets, this could be due to unrealistic time constraints and lack of resources. This is where understanding of the limitations of other agencies is important. Though it is important to understand when a target can not be met, it is also important to highlight when a target is not met due to inactivity of an agency or if a target has deliberately not been met due to misunderstanding or disagreement between agencies. If agencies involved are meeting outcomes and achieving targets, it promotes a sense of worth and accountability with in a partnership.
1.2 1.2Explain the importance of partnership working with: