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The assignment consists of three sections. All the sections will be based on the case study of Stafford Hospital and will be explaining the philosophy of working in partnerships, various models of partnerships and its working and how it affects the outcomes in business. It will also highlight the potential barriers that exist when companies work in partnerships.
This section will be explaining the philosophy of working in partnerships and its effectiveness when companies started working in it.
When Health and Social care personnel started working together and get engaged in the work for health and social care then they are said to work at the three levels of the partnerships. They work and play a very crucial role when they work in the partnerships. The potential and the performance of each and every individual get linked with each other. The performance of each one gets associated with another in terms of its growth and development. These three levels are:
Therefore working in partnership in health and social care means that the individuals who are service professionals, doctors, nurses, service users and the specific needs individuals have to collaborate and work in partnership as the potential will then be realized. Not only this but the performance and its level is also based on the potential and its application in this partnering relation and helps in the development of the effective communication and interpersonal relations at the three levels that have been discussed above. In case all the people who are internally working for the Stafford Hospital and external service users or the policy and legislative authorities had investigated and cooperated with each other, the situation had been different. Partnerships of the various individuals together helps in the achievement of even the difficult tasks and avoid the circumstances as have happened in the case study.
Partnership relationships within Health and Social Care sector have to be effective in order that the external as well as internal processes, practices and the policies run smoothly. It is said that unless a relation in health and social care is effective, it will result in the failure of the processes, systems and the practices. The effectiveness of the partnership relationships in health and social care could be evaluated by the following ways:
In the nutshell it could be said that partnership relationships in the health and social care refers to the sound and strong relationship that is developed among the different individuals like service users, staff, care workers and the senior authorities of the health sector. These relations and partnership would be successful only if they will support and help each other and even following the set and specified standards and procedures. The evaluation of the effectiveness of the partnership relationships could be done with the help of level and kind of issues and problems that exist in the system and above all how early they are being resolved (Lymbery, 2006).
In this section, a study would be carried out on the various models pf partnership working across the health and social care. The kind of legislation, organizational practices and the policies that are being followed in this sector will be analysed. Finally the working practices and policies affecting the working of the health and social care will be studied. This will comprise of the various legislations related to patient care, child act and other health and safety issues would be analysed.
It has been observed that the scope and the size of the partnerships vary in different cases. It is essential that all the components of the health and social care get united and work so that the success is achieved in each and every area. Each and every component or the stakeholder of the health and social care centre has to work in partnership in order to obtain the real output. There are basically 4 kinds of models that are adopted for partnership working across the health and social care sector:
It is said that legislations and the organizational practices and the policies for the partnership working helps in establishing certain set standards, acts and the legal regulations that have to be maintained for the safety and the security of the service users as well as the care workers and other staff. These legislation and the practices help in regulating and controlling the level of working, operations and the various activities that have to be carried out in health and social care sector. Few of the legislations and practices by the government of the country in the health and social care are: Education and training programs for the staff and new joinee, services for the care of the community and standards of the care to be maintained, child care and protection act, various rights with respect to the humans working in this sector and working without any kind of discrimination on any grounds. The major legislations are being established by the Health and safety act. This act clearly highlights the standards and the ways that have to be achieved in the health and social care. It clarifies the roles, responsibilities and the standards that have to be maintained at health and social care.
It is said that these legislations and policies are useful as these help in the setting of the standards and streamlining the processes, practices and the policies so that the health and social care is able to provide effective care services to the service users. The advantages of the legislations are that they create a social standard that has to be maintained and operated within the health and social care foundations. They even help in streamlining the processes, practices and even the policies (Farmer, 2003).
It is said that when the working practices and the policies are being defined and developed well as per the set standards of the country’s government then the health and social care institution works as per the norms and standards. It makes the processes step by step, standardized and smooth in all respects. Due to the presence of the consistent working practices, the working of the care workers, service users and the staff at the health care institution become like collaborative approach. On the other hand in case the systems, processes and practices are not streamlined and set then it will result in the loss of the standards on care front of the service users. Collaboration helps in resolving the various issues, problems and the standards that are not maintained or operated well.
The major difference that is observed in the working practices being followed at health and social care sector with collaboration and without collaboration is that of the standards. Collaborative work helps in the effective implementation of the strategies and set standards. Whereas in case there is no coordination and collaboration then surely the systems and policies will get adverse.
In the nutshell based on the business and the style of the stakeholders, the model of the partnership is being chosen or adopted. Above all each and every component of the health and social care has to work together in coordination in order to achieve the successful results.
In this section an analysis of the possible outcomes of the partnership working for the users of services, professionals and organizations would be done. The potential barriers to partnership working in health and social care services would be studied. Finally strategies would be devised that will help in improving the outcomes for partnerships. This section will link the negative outcomes and overcome the barriers to make the strategies successful in all ways.
Health and social care sector has been performing effectively. In case the service users and the staff working at the sector will coordinate and work together than many benefits and positive outcomes could be obtained. Each and every component of the health and social care organization has to be associated and regulated well so that partnership working and relation would be fruitful one. The possible outcomes of the partnering of the service users, professionals and organizations would be:
It is said that in order to achieve the positive results communication process should be effective one. In case the communication is not clear and effective then it would result in the partnership being broken and lack of god relations. It may lead to the problem of accountability and control being lying in whose hands and how it has to be progressed.
When partnership relations have to be encouraged then it is necessary that barriers that may come on its way have to be worked out and overcome so that the partnership is fruitful. The potential barriers to partnership working in Health and Social Care Services are:
While working in partnerships, it is necessary that fruitful relations are being formed and established among the service users, care workers, health and social care authorities and even the complete organization. Unless people will support, care and help each other, the objectives and the targets that are being set will not be accomplished (Glasby & Peck, 2003). The various strategies that could be devised to improve the outcomes for partnerships working in health and social care services are:
In the nutshell it could be said that there are both positive as well as negative outcomes of the partnership working in health and social care. When the potential barriers would be worked upon then these will be converted into strengths and help in making healthy and sound environment in the health and social care organizations (Levin, 2004). Certain strategies like: auditing, checking, clarity of roles and responsibilities and adoption of the proper systems, processes, and practices will help in the removal or overcoming of the potential barriers thereby changing the health and social organizations’ culture to a healthy and progressive one. This will also result in the nurturing of the service users and even getting the care workers knowing the ways in which these service users have to be handled and cared for. Hence there will regulation, control, organization and set of the systems.
It is essential to overcome the potential barriers and negative outcomes of partnerships so that positive situations are being generated and strategies are adopted to overcome them.
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