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Unit 5 Working in Partnership in Health and Social Care

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Unit 5 Working in Partnership in Health and Social Care

ICON College of Technology and Management 

Pearson BTEC Level 5 HND in Health and Social Care

Unit 5: Working in Partnership in HSC (L5)

Session: February 2018 

Recommended Word limit: Maximum 3,500

This Unit will be assessed by assignment only (essay, brochure and fact sheet) 

You are strongly advised to read “Preparation guidelines of the Coursework Document” before answering your assignment. 

Assignment layout:

 

Task 1: An essay

Due: Week 5

Task 2: a brochure

Due: Week 7

Task 3: A fact sheet

Due: Week 10

 

Assignment 

Introduction and background notes (vocational context) 

As health and social care workers partnership working is an essential component of health and social care practice, as people’s needs do not always fit neatly within one agency’s responsibility. Partnerships, however, are a potentially powerful way of addressing issues that single agencies cannot resolve by themselves. Individual health and social care professionals, agencies or organisations with shared interests can form a partnership. It can also occur between those who plan/provide services and those who use them. In forging a partnership, the main goal is to be able to put together comprehensive and effective solutions to difficult problems. 

Task 1: LO1 Understand partnership philosophies and relationships in health and social care services

 Case Study 

The Aldgate Health Clinic for Men (AHCM) is a partnership that consists of three stakeholder groups, Wise Men Network (a community development association), the Tower Hamlet GP Network (an association for all GPs in the borough council), and the Alliance of Religious People (this is a multi-faith organisation). The aim of AHCM is to reach and encourage men to be more proactive in engaging with matters concerning their health. This initiative focuses primarily on men over 30 year, especially those that hardly ever visit their GP for a health check-up. 

Recent evidence from Cancer Research UK has indicated that men now have significantly higher death rates than women from cancer. Prostate cancer has become the third most common cause of cancer death in the UK, overtaking breast cancer. According to Roger Wotton, chairman of Tackle Prostate Cancer, a key problem is that while women are more responsive towards screening for breast cancer for early diagnosis, one third of men diagnosed for prostate cancer are already at the advanced stage. 

According to Springer and Mouzon (2011- Macho Men” and Preventive Health Care), the gender paradox in mortality—where men die earlier than women despite having more socioeconomic resources—may be partly explained by men’s lower levels of preventive health care. As evidence


indicates, the stereotypical narratives of masculinity are that strong men can and should be able to handle their health matters without outside intervention. 

Therefore for Aldgate Health Clinic for Men to be effective at helping men, they considered that a collaborative/partnership working is the best approach to take. This is why their policy clearly identifies key philosophies of partnership working, (between service users and providers as well as between providers). These include empowerment; independence; dignity; autonomy; respect; confidentiality, power sharing; making informed choices clear, openness, trust, shared goals and values, and regular communication between partners. 

The policy is supported by relevant legislation. For example the Data Protection Act 1998 specifies how organisations and the government should use personal information. Everyone responsible for using data must make sure the information is used fairly and lawfully, used for limited, specifically stated purposes and should be handled according to people’s data protection rights. 

Non-compliance with the philosophies and the guiding policies/legislation can be potential barriers to effective and efficient partnership working in health and social care services. These might occur when partners show negative attitudes and follow different priorities. The problem might also include lack of communication, not sharing information; inflexible and unwilling to change what they do and how they do it, culture of blame, mistrust and criticism, etc. Thus, as a consultant for the Aldgate Health Clinic for Men (AHCM), you have been hired to devise strategies to improve outcomes for partnership working. 

Using the above case study The Aldgate Health Clinic for Men, you need to write an essay on Q1 and Q2 to demonstrate your knowledge of the principles of partnership working and the implications for meeting the needs of service users and your workplace experience could be added to support your work evidence when answering the questions below: 

What you should do: (Produce an essay up to 950 word) 

Q1. Explain the philosophy of working in partnership in health and social care [P1.1] 

Q2. Evaluate partnership relationships within health and social care services. [P1.2, D2] 

Ø  To achieve D2, substantial investigations have been planned, managed and organised when evaluating the advantages and disadvantages of partnership relationships within health and social care services.

  

Task 2: LO2 Understand how to promote positive partnership working with users of services, professionals and organisations in health and social care services 

What you must do: (Produce a brochure up to 1000 recommended words) 

You have been appointed as a consultant by the Board of The Aldgate Health Clinic for Men (AHCM) to produce a brochure for new nursing staff on how to promote positive partnership working with users of services, professionals and organisations in health and social care services. Your brochure must address the questions below. 

In Q3, you are to analyse different models of partnership working across the health and social care sector [P2.1]


Q4. You must also review current legislation and organisational practices and policies for partnership working in health and social care. [P2.2, M3]

 

Q5. In line with your workplace experience, you must explain how differences in working practices and policies affect collaborative working. [P2.3, M2]

Ø   To achieve M2, a range of methods and techniques have been applied when explaining how differences in working practices and policies affect collaborative working. 

Ø  To achieve M3, logical principles have been applied and justified when reviewing current legislation and organisational practices and policies for partnership working in health and social care. 

Further Guidance for a brochure 

To produce a brochure you need to use Microsoft Word as your chosen application

 

1.     Open a Word document.

 

2.     On the upper left, click the "File" menu.

 

3.     In the left vertical column, click the "New" tab.

 

4.     Scroll down and select ‘Brochures’ from the available templates.

 

5.     Select "Brochures" from the available templates. 

Task 3: LO3 - Be able to evaluate the outcomes of partnership working for users of services, professionals and organisations in health and social care services 

What you must do: (Produce a fact sheet Up to 1000 recommended words) 

Following the training of managers at your organisation on how to identify and address the barriers to partnership working, after six months, the senior management team at The Aldgate Health Clinic for Men (AHCM) have asked you to evaluate the outcomes of partnership working based on restructuring at The Aldgate Health Clinic for Men . You need to produce a fact sheet on whether Nursing staffs are meeting the expectations in working in a multidisciplinary environment. 

Q6. In the first section of the fact sheet you should evaluate possible outcomes of partnership working for users of services, professionals and organisations [P3.1, M1]

 Q7. In the second section of the fact sheet you should analyse the potential barriers to partnership working in health and social care services [P3.2, D1]

 

Q8. The third section of the fact sheet you should devise strategies to improve outcomes for partnership working in health and social care services [P3.3, D3]

 

Ø  To achieve D1, conclusions have been arrived at through synthesis of ideas and have been justified when analysing the potential barriers to partnership working in health and social care citing relevant examples to support your analysis.

 

Ø   To achieve D3, convergent and lateral thinking have been applied when devising strategies to improve outcomes for partnership working in health and social care services. 

Ø  To achieve M1, complex problems with more than one variable have been explored when evaluating possible outcomes of partnership working for service users, professionals and organisations. 

Further Guidance for the fact sheet for LO3

 

The point of a fact sheet is to get the reader to do something. More information than you need to convince them is a waste of the reader's time and risks losing their attention.

 

One to two  page is best

 

Make it readable - use at least 12 point font

 

Keep the text brief - no one wants to read tons of information in small font

 

Keep the most important information in the first paragraph - what the issue is, what action is needed, and label the main message(s)

 

Give references for more information - in electronic communications you can offer links

 

The fact sheet must be self-contained - do not refer to previous documents or assume that they remember the information

 

Use bullets when you can Leave lots of white space

Make it very clear what you want them to do - Bold, text boxes, and graphics add emphasis



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