Partnership Working

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Partnership working

Partnership work is essential when providing person centred support and it also the only way to address some of the govements most challenging long term social objectives.
The national services frame work for older people 2001 (24-25) also outlines expectations around integrated working bet between health services and social care agencies working towards a single assessment process and joint commissioning.
The health act reinforces the importance of joint working
The white paper July 2012 also state about working together long term paths and goals for a single assessment proses all working together to ensure all needs are met and people are in control know where to go and how to access making it easier to get
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Health and social care agencies using different IT systems. Cuts in one budget creating demand pressures in the other.
Health and social care staff being on different terms and conditions in integrated teams.
Policy and legislation on joint working
Some of the agency challenges

Financial resources: conflicts within or between agencies, a general lack of funding, concerns about sustainability, staffing.

Roles and responsibilities: understanding the roles of others, conflicts over areas of responsibility, the need to move beyond existing roles.

Non-financial resources: Time, staff, Communication, Being able to talk to the right person at the right time, All parties getting the information, Build the communication link up, Getting the right people together.

Professional and agency cultures: Polices and procedure, training, ways of working, finances knowledge

Management: how the management work, how they train and inform the staff the working philosophy, support, structure
Government plans and initiatives towards partnership working
Under section 75 of the NHS Act 2006, NHS bodies and local authorities in England can pool budgets, join together their staff and management structures or delegate commissioning responsibilities to each other.
The Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Act 2007 require primary care trusts and local authorities to produce joint strategic


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