1.4a Explain why it is important to work in teams and in partnership with others

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Working in teams and in partnership with others in the health and social care sector is very important.

It is impossible for a single person to perform all the tasks related to an individual’s care, not just in terms of expertise and experience but also in terms of time.

Therefore, we must work in close partnership with others to achieve the best outcomes for the individual.

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 and provide consistency and 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.

Example question and answer

Why is it important to be able to work in partnership with others?

Working in partnership with others is essential to provide the best possible care to an individual. Some tasks may require more than one person to execute safely and other tasks may require specialist training, qualifications or experience. Both would be impossible to complete alone. 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.