Valuing People and Collaborative Working

Developing Collaborative Practice.
Valuing People and Collaborative working.

Part A
The first half of this assignment will be looking at how my chosen piece of social policy emphasises service user involvement and the integration of services, working interprofessionaly with other health and social care practitioners. The policy I will be focusing and examining is the white paper ‘Valuing People’ (2001).   Prior to ‘Valuing People’ (2001) it has been 30 years since a policy regarding people with learning disabilities had been introduced in England. ‘Better services for the mentally handicapped’ came out in 1971 and was heavy influenced on the normalisation principle, the move from large institutes to community provisions (Race 2007). ‘Valuing People’ (2001) was seen as a positive and was widely welcomed by all professionals working with people with learning disabilities and the service users themselves as well as their families and carers (Morgan 2001). It has paved the way for more policy such as ‘Valuing People Now: a new three-year strategy for people with learning disabilities’ (2009). I will be applying ‘Valuing People’ (2001) to a scenario that was witnessed during practice. For the purposes of confidentiality I will address the service user as CG. CG is a 39 year old man with Down syndrome, severe learning disabilities, early onset dementia and suspected to be epileptic as he had been having tonic-clonic seizures. I was invited to facilitate his review meeting with a range of multiprofessionals practitioners.

Service user involvement is now a fundamental part of both nursing and social work practice in order to promote empowerment and to demonstrate anti-oppressive practice. Service user involvement can take many forms and has been simply defined as involving those who use services to have the chance to be heard in order to make sustainable changes; this could be through the use of feedback of service quality (Mason-Whitehaead et al 2008). It is about...