Working in Partnership in Health and Social Care

Module Overview

Working in partnership is a key element of practice within health and social care. The concepts of

power sharing, consultation and joint ways of working are essential for effective service provision.

Health and social care professionals need to understand the importance of promoting autonomy

with individuals. They also need to be aware of their own roles and responsibilities and how they

relate to others within the sector.

Learners will explore the nature of partnership on three levels. First they will examine

partnerships with users of services that empower individuals to make informed decisions and

encourage independence. Second they will consider partnerships between different professionals

within health and social care and explore inter-agency working. Finally, they will investigate

organisational partnerships and examines different ways of joint working at a strategic level.

Learners will study a range of theories and research findings relating to partnership philosophies

and joint working practices. Methods of promoting positive partnership working will be analysed

along with relevant legislation and organisational policies and procedures. Learners will also

examine strategies to improve the outcomes of partnership working for users of services,

professionals and organisations.

Module Contents

1 Understand partnership philosophies and relationships in health and social care

services

Partnership philosophies: empowerment; independence; autonomy; respect; power sharing;

making informed choices

Partnership relationships: with users of services eg children, elderly, young people in care,

people with disabilities, people with learning difficulties, people with mental health issues,

patients, refugees, asylum seekers; with professional groups eg social workers, health

workers, educationalists, therapists, support workers; with organisations eg statutory,

voluntary, private, independent, charitable, community forums

2 Understand how to promote positive partnership working with users of services,

professionals and organisations in health and social care services

Positive partnership working: empowerment; theories of collaborative working; informed

decision making; information sharing; confidentiality; professional roles and responsibilities;

models of working eg unified, coordinated, coalition and hybrid models; management

structures; communication methods; current inter-disciplinary and inter-agency working eg

Multi-Area Agreements (MAA), Local Area Agreements (LAA); joint working agreements

Legislation affecting partnership working: current and relevant legislation eg relating to

health, social care, safeguarding children and young people, mental health, disability, data

protection, diversity, equality and inclusion

Organisational practices and policies: current and relevant practices; agreed ways of working;

statutory, voluntary and private agency practices; local, regional and national policy

documents produced by eg government departments, specialists units, voluntary agencies;

risk assessment procedures; employment practices; service planning procedures

3 Be able to evaluate the outcomes of partnership working for users of services,

professionals and organisations in health and social care services

Outcomes for users of services: positive outcomes eg improved services, empowerment,

autonomy, informed decision making; negative outcomes eg neglect, abuse, harm, anger,

miscommunication, information overload, confusion, frustration, duplication of service

provision, disempowerment

Outcomes for professionals: positive outcomes eg coordinated service provision, professional

approach, clear roles and responsibilities, organised communication, avoidance of

duplication, preventing mistakes, efficient use of resources; negative outcomes eg

professional rivalry, miscommunication, time wasting, mismanagement of funding

Outcomes for organisations: positive outcomes eg coherent approach, shared principles,

comprehensive service provision, common working practices, integrated services; negative

outcomes eg communication breakdown, disjointed service provision, increased costs, loss

of shared purpose 

 

Barriers to partnership working: lack of understanding of roles and responsibilities; negative 

attitudes; lack of communication, not sharing information; different priorities; different 

attitudes and values 

Strategies to improve outcomes: communication, information sharing; consultation; 

negotiation; models of empowerment; collective multi-agency working; dealing with conflict; 

stakeholder analysis 

 

 

Barriers to partnership working: lack of understanding of roles and responsibilities; negative 
attitudes; lack of communication, not sharing information; different priorities; different 
attitudes and values 
Strategies to improve outcomes: communication, information sharing; consultation; 
negotiation; models of empowerment; collective multi-agency working; dealing with conflict; 
stakeholder analysis 

 

Learning Outcome

1  Understand partnership philosophies and relationships in health and social care services 
2  Understand how to promote positive partnership working with users of services, 
professionals and organisations in health and social care services 
3  Be able to evaluate the outcomes of partnership working for users of services, professionals 
and organisations in health and social care services. 

1 Understand partnership philosophies and relationships in health and social care services

2 Understand how to promote positive partnership working with users of services, professionals and organisations in health and social care services

3 Be able to evaluate the outcomes of partnership working for users of services, professionals and organisations in health and social care services.