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Partnership in health and social care is all about the working of the two or more people or organisation together so that they can gain maximum advantage of available resources and convert it into the benefits and the welfare of the society. The quality and experience of care that partner organisations are offering to the society are associated with the factors such as the type of the partnership (long term or short term), the attitude and behaviour employees of the organisations and the type of the relationship two organisations have. Good partnership among the organisations of the health and social care are depends on the how is it implemented and maintained. The effective implementation of the partnership brings the additional knowledge, confidence and skills that are essential for the planning of the health care services (Corrigan, 2005). Maintaining of good partnership boosts confidence of user and employees and also increases the chances of their involvement in social activities that helps health and social care service in successful completion of their activities. In follower paper we will discuss various aspects of partnership in health and social care with the explanation of the factors associated with this.
The model of the partnership in health and social care describes the structure of the organisation. There are various model of the partnership in the health and social care. The model for the care residence is as follows:
Unified Model: in unified model, the structure of the management includes the management, staffing and training of the employee. There are no separate structures or the area for these activities (Morris, 1997). The main purpose of the structure is to distribute the integrated services to the needy. The residence care may include this model as the organisational structure. The main benefits of this structure are:
Coalition Model: In the coalition model, the various activities are associated together but work separately. In the other words, the management, staffing and the training of the staff are associated to each other with the help of the federation but works individually (Rogers and Mead, 2004). There is no involvement of the staffing to the training of the employees. The benefits of adopting the coalition model for care residence are as follows:
Hybrid Model: as the name indicates, this is the combination of the two more model. For the care unit it may be the combination of the unified and coalition modal.
The legislations in the health and social care have the set of the rules and regulations that are designed by the government to protect or secure the patient and the employees who are working in the organisation that belong to the health and social care industry (Glasby and Peck, 2003). Two current legislation and the organisational practise and policies for the partnership working in health and social care are as follows:
Mental capacity act 2005: the basic aim of the act is to empower those people who are not able to make the plan or take the decision for them and also make the plan on behalf of them to raise the standard of their life. According to this act, everybody has a right to take the decision on their life to stay happy. Same thing applied on the patients, who are admitted in the mental hospitals. The professional agencies such as mental health services, local authorities, social services, police and the family members all need to assess the mental capacity of the individual before the decision making of the other party that affects the life of the individual. All associated agencies need to work properly who affect the service user to raise the standard of service user’s life (Community Care, 2010).
Children’s act 1989: main aim of this act is to provide the safety and security and fulfil all needs that a child has so that his future could be better and he becomes a good citizen of the country. The authorities that are involved in the betterment of the children’s future take care of their needs, wish and also have the strategy to meet them with their wants and desire. There are five points of focus on the children act. These are as follows:
A policy is course of actions that is designed by the government or the business to influence and determine the decision making. When these policies are in business for the collaborative working of the two or more organisations then it may be positive and negative for the business. The positive in the way, both organisations work together and get influenced and motivated with the other’s policy making. In this, the policy creates the unified way of working. And the policy also put the negative effect when the conflict is arises between the organisation due to the implementation of their own policies is the business Advertisement. Following are the practise and policies used by the different sectors for the collaborative working:
The possible outcomes of the partnership working for users of services: the outcomes have both the negative and positive aspects of the partnerships. Both are as follows:
The possible outcomes of the partnership working for professionals: this also creates the positive and negative outcomes.
The possible outcomes of the partnership working for organisations:
The various barriers to the partnership working in the health and social are mentioned below:
We have discussed the various barriers and outcomes of the partnership working in health and social care service. There are ways in which some of the negative outcomes could be converted into positive and the overall outcomes could be improved. Some of them are mentioned below:
When working in partnership in health and social care are established, many challenges arise and it is necessary to face these challenges and resolve them instead of avoiding. A damage control system needs to be in place when the structural and procedural changes happen during the partnership among the health organisations and it is also necessary to match the activities among the staff so that they do not feel alienated in the new structure.
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