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Explain own role and responsibilities in working with colleagues and other professionals

This page is designed to answer the following questions:

NOTE: Although this page has been marked as complete, it has not yet been peer-reviewed or quality-assured, therefore it should be considered a ‘first draft‘ and any information should be fact-checked independently.

For these assessment criteria, you will be required to explain your own role and responsibilities in working with both colleagues and other professionals.

Your role will be laid out in your job description and may contain information about the importance of working in collaboration with others and the attitudes and behaviours that can enhance partnership-working. These will include committing to shared objectives, communicating clearly and respecting and valuing the perspectives of all stakeholders.

Principle 3 of the Code of Conduct for Healthcare Support Workers and Adult Social Care Workers in England, states that you should be able to ‘Work in collaboration with your colleagues to ensure the delivery of high quality, safe and compassionate healthcare, care and support’, which includes:

As a Healthcare Support Worker or Adult Social Care Worker in England you must:

  1. understand and value your contribution and the vital part you play in your team.
  2. recognise and respect the roles and expertise of your colleagues both in the team and from other agencies and disciplines, and work in partnership with them.
  3. work openly and co-operatively with colleagues including those from other disciplines and agencies, and treat them with respect.
  4. work openly and co-operatively with people who use health and care services and their families or carers and treat them with respect.
  5. honour your work commitments, agreements and arrangements and be reliable, dependable and trustworthy.
  6. actively encourage the delivery of high quality healthcare, care and support

Code of Conduct for Healthcare Support Workers and Adult Social Care Workers in England

Therefore, respect, co-operation, reliability, dependability and trustworthiness are important tenets to adhere to.

As a lead practitioner, you may have additional responsibilities, such as delegating tasks to team members, supporting colleagues, leading team meetings, delivering training and conflict resolution.

When working with other professionals and agencies towards common roles, you will agree upon particular roles and responsibilities for each of the stakeholders. For example, it may be a health professional’s responsibility to arrange for a service user to be referred to a psychologist and a care worker’s responsibility to ensure that they remember to attend their appointment.