Working in Partnership in Social Care

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Unit 505 Working in partnership in Health and Social care or children and young people’s settings Outcome 1 1.1 Identify the features of effective partnership working A partnership is an arrangement between two or more groups, organizations or individuals who work together to achieve common aims or who have common interests. It is sometimes applied to situations where one powerful organization is doing no more than consulting with others, or where one organization is simply buying something off another. Partnerships usually have the following characteristics … * All the parties involved have some sort of personal stake in the partnership * All the partners are working towards a common aim * The partners have a…show more content…
And to plan service strategies, working together, that enable packages to be delivered. Well planned partnerships are one of the best ways of improving the quality of services particularly to vulnerable individuals whose needs may otherwise be neglected. Example of partnership working: In 1993 The Wessex project was set up by local Social Services, probation service, prison service and NHS. It aimed to ensure that offenders with mental health problems started using community services as soon as they were released from prison. In the early stages the different agencies found it hard to respond in a co-ordinated way to individual’s needs because they were too focused on their own professional agency’s perspective. During the project, it was found that a lot more people had mental health problems than was first known. Around one quarter of people in prison were found to have a history of mental health problems and one third of those on remand. After 3 years, the barriers had been broken down and agencies were working alongside one another. Networks were developed to exchange information and partnership working had become routine. The formal partnership structure was no longer necessary and was dissolved. The Health and Social Care Act 2008 established the Care Quality Commission regarding the management of adult social care providers. They set codes of practice which in April 2010 became outcomes.
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