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Explain why it is important to work in partnership with others

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On this page, we will explain why it is important to work in partnership with others.

It is impossible for a single person to perform all the tasks related to an individual’s care, not only in terms of expertise and experience but also in terms of time. Some tasks may require more than one person to execute safely and other tasks may require specialist training, qualifications or experience.

Therefore, we must all work in close partnership with others to achieve the best outcomes for individuals receiving care services.

You will probably work as part of a team, sharing the workload by working in shifts. It is imperative that you have good working relationships with the other members of your team, including your manager, so that you can communicate effectively with one another, be consistent and provide the best levels of care for your clients.

You will also be called upon to work in partnership with other individuals and organisations such as an individual’s advocate, GP or dietitian. When receiving specialist advice from other professions, you should respect their expertise and follow their instructions precisely. If you have any concerns with their recommendations, you should discuss this with them directly.

And, of course, you will be working in partnership with the individuals that you care for and their family to ensure your practice encompasses person-centred values.

As well as enabling positive outcomes for the individuals that you support, partnership-working allows all team members to learn from one another and increase their knowledge, skills and practice. Ideas can be shared and a positive, mutually-supportive environment can develop. Collaboration between different agencies or organisations also means that resources can be shared and (with proper coordination) work will not be duplicated.

Seeking guidance from colleagues, managers and other professionals can improve the way you work as can speaking to others that know a service user well, such as their friends and family.

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My name is Daniel Dutton and I run the website dsdweb.co.uk which provides free help, guidance and support for people that are studying for care qualifications.

In this video, we will be looking at why it is important to work in partnership with others. This is an assessment criterion for the Level 2, Level 3 and Level 4 Diplomas in Adult Care as well as the Care Certificate.

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Partnership working can be defined as when two or more individuals or groups work together to achieve common goals. You will work in partnership with your team and wider organisation as well as the individuals that you support and their families.

In addition, there will be times when you will need to work in partnership with other professionals, which can include GPs, nurses, psychologists, social workers, advocates and appointees.

So, what are some of the reasons for working in partnership with others?

Firstly, it means that knowledge, experience and ideas can be shared. We all have different backgrounds and experiences and the combined knowledge of a group of individuals is often greater than the sum of their parts. And, by working together, we can support an individual to achieve the best possible outcomes.

In addition, the workload can be shared and resources combined to make more effective and efficient use of the time, supplies and specialism of each stakeholder. This also reduces the duplication of work between agencies. These days, single assessments are often used and then shared with other agencies so that an individual only has to go through the assessment process once.

Finally, partnership working ensures that all stakeholders are able to provide input and have their voices heard. This is especially important for service users and their families because it results in plans that are tailored to their needs, wishes and preferences. It also ensures that legislation and best practices are adhered to because it uses a person-centred approach.
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