Work in Partnership in Health and Social Care or Children and Young People’s Settings

CU2940 – Work in Partnership in Health and Social Care or Children and Young People’s Settings


As one of the largest employers in the world with over 1.3 million staff, the National Health Service (NHS) is the biggest health service provider in Europe. Within such a large organisation there will be many different types of groups and teams working together in an effort to ensure that the best health service is achieved.
There are two terms used for health services, ‘primary’ and ‘secondary’. Primary care services include general medical practitioners (GPs), community midwives, district nursing, dentists, opticians, practice managers, pharmacists, amongst others, and these are all provided locally, near to where the patients live.
The World Health Organisation defined primary health care as: ‘ the first level contact of individuals, the family and the community with the national health system which brings health care as close as possible to where people live and work.’
Secondary care refers to the more specialised services, including hospitals but also ambulances and specialised health services for the mentally ill and the learning disabled.
With such a large number of people all delivering services at different areas and locations, joint working with other health professionals is paramount if the client is to receive the best service.
Partnership working has been described as a joint working arrangement where the partners all agree to achieve a common goal for the client despite being independent bodies. In order to do this there is a need to create a new organisational structure or process which is separate from their own organisation and in which they plan and implement a jointly-agreed programme, sometimes with joint staff or resources. There is a sharing of relevant information and a culture of shared ownership and common working arrangements across organisational and professional boundaries.
This sort of working is now integral to...