Partnership working is when all parties work together and can communicate

Partnership working is when all parties work together and can communicate, listen to, respect, the knowledge and experience of each other.
There should be no individual/personal agenda but all partners working together with the goal of the best possible outcome for the service users concerned, clear agendas are set and followed, agreements once decided will be accepted and actions are promptly followed through.

Explain the importance of Partnership working

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Partnership working is important to ensure that the relevant partner are involved to ensure faster more effective outcomes, as each partner will have knowledge and experience in the relevant area.

Colleagues
As they work with the service user daily, they will have the best general working knowledge.
Other Professionals
There are many other professionals that we use for example
Doctors for general medical advice I would contact the individuals GP.
Occupational Therapy for any aids and adaptations required to help the service user’s independence or safety
Speech and Language therapist for communication, eating and drinking issues
Advocates
Wherever possible the individual or service user should be enabled to advocate for themselves, there situations where this is not possible due to communication difficulties, family, friends may advocate for them.
Or they may need the help of a independent advocate.

Others
The individual or service user must be at centre of partnership working.
The needs and wishes of the individual or service user should be the main consideration, all decisions and agreements must keep this as the focus,
Carers, advocates, families/friends can provide important information and knowledge from different aspects due to their relationship with the individual or service user.

Analyse how partnership working delivers better outcomes

When all parties are working towards the same goal, rather than towards an outcome that suits their own area/department we can deliver a better more effective service for the individual or service user group

Explain how to overcome barriers to partnership working

A lack of, or poor communication can lead to misunderstanding this can be the one of the most common barriers to partnership working so open and honest and respectful communication is needed to overcome this, ensuring that all parties are working with the best interests of the individual or service user group and not to their own agenda.
It is essential to ensure all parties understand and are aware the work and goals in progress so clear accessible and accurate information/record keeping which is free from jargon and slang, to prevent information being misunderstood or misconstrued.

Be able to establish and maintain working relationships with colleagues

Explain own role and responsibilities in working with colleagues

In my role as Senior residential support worker I try to ensure the staff team is working to shared goals, this is done through
Staff/team meetings – this brings the team together allows discussion, effective communication, agree shared goals and actions
Pdrs (personal development record) discuss the minimum standards required of them in their work, objectives are agreed and reviewed on a 6monthly basis, training discussed
Supervisions – give feedback on their work allows them to reflect on own practice, they can put forward any new ways of working

There are many theories for team management including
‘Bruce Tuchman 1965’ who identified several stages teams go through evidence no

Develop and agree common objectives when working with colleagues

Staff/team meetings – this brings the team together allows discussion, effective communication, agree shared goals and actions
Pdrs (personal development record) discuss the minimum standards required of them in their work, training and any help assistance they require
Supervisions – give feedback on their work allows them to reflect on own practice, set any goals/objectives, they can put forward any new ways of working.

Evaluate own working relationship with colleagues

This is evaluated during regular supervisions with my line manger
During my Pdr I am assessed on Key performance indicators
staff attendance at work
number of staff meetings
number of staff supervisions
budgets
PDRS completed

Deal constructively with any conflict that may arise with colleagues

It is important to identify the real concern/reason for the conflict in a professional non-biased manner and try to prevent the matter from escalating as this can cause unrest within the team and affect the performance of the people concerned.
Once the problem has been identified, talk with the people involved to find a solution that benefits all parties, as there may be more than one solution. I would then arrange for a follow up meeting to monitor the progress and ensure that the issue has been addressed.
These meetings would be recorded, and a copy kept on staff file and if required a personal copy would be given

Be able to establish and maintain working relationships with other professionals

Explain own role and responsibilities in working with other professionals

When working with other professionals I need to ensure that only relevant information appropriate to the individual/service user and professional involved is shared for example I would not share health information with the bank but with the doctor or other relevant health professional

Develop procedures for effective working relationships with other professionals

It is important to ensure that everyone understands their role and expectations are clear from the start.
All information shared, is done so in appropriate and timely manner, is accurate and in line with data protection(Gdpr)
This includes written, verbal and computer
All actions/goals must be agreed and followed through and completed within the agreed time limit

Agree common objectives when working with other professionals
Within the boundaries of own role and responsibilities

When agreeing common objectives with other professionals I must follow and work within the guidelines, policies and procedures, set by the department to ensure I stay within the boundaries of own role and responsibilities
Evaluate procedures for working with other professionals
When evaluating procedures for working with other professionals I need to ensure that actions are monitored and reviewed, this is to determine whether the agreed actions have been completed within the set timescale,
This would take place at the next scheduled meeting, where previous meeting minutes are discussed and reviewed, with new time scales set if required
This also applies to staff during supervision
I also have questionnaires available which seek the opinions and their experiences and are available for staff, other professionals, service users and family members.
These are placed at the front entrance of the unit and can be filled in at any point.
Deal constructively with any conflict that may arise with other professionals
It is important to remain impartial and non-judgemental, listening to all viewpoints, for the outcome to be successful, and neither party feel undermined in any way,
Conflict with one another can have a negative effect causing inconsistencies which can lead to confusion in the workplace.
There are times that it may not be possible to deal with the conflict in house and a third party such as advocacy/mediation may be required to prevent the possibility of self interest or personal opinions being an issue.
There is also a formal complaints procedure that may need to be used if the conflict cannot be addressed.

Be able to work in partnership with others

Analyse the importance of working in partnership with others
It is important to work in partnership with the staff I am working with to ensure that the best possible support and care is provided using a person-centered approach.
This also applies to the other professionals and agencies concerned with providing services/care to the service users
involved

This requires a working relationship with good communication, and appropriate information sharing

Develop procedures for effective working relationship with others
Cross reference 3.2

Agree common objectives when working with others within the boundaries of own role and responsibilities.
All parties need to have an input and be able to share their knowledge/experience ensuring that each other’s opinions and views are respected and listened to when setting objectives and time scales
Also cross reference 3.3

Evaluate procedures for working with others.
Cross reference 3.4
Deal constructively with any conflict that may arise with others.
Cross reference 3.5