Effective Practice in Health and Social Care: A Partnership Approach

Effective Practice in Health and Social Care: A Partnership Approach

Effective Practice in Health and Social Care: A Partnership Approach

Effective Practice in Health and Social Care: A Partnership Approach


"This is the book some of us have been waiting for!"Sue Spencer, Senior Lecturer, Northumbria Universitymiddot; How do health and social care agencies work together effectively to deliver services collaboratively? middot; What challenges do service providers face when working in partnership with service users? middot; What political, ethical and philosophical issues impact on partnership working?This practical and accessible key text examines the nature and impact of collaboration between different professional and voluntary groups working together to deliver services. The first section explores partnership in terms of what partnerships are, politics, diversity, user perspectives, rurality and ethics. In section two, authors draw upon their expertise to raise key questions, and use case studies to demonstrate the challenges of working in partnership in areas where collaboration is a crucial to effective practice. This includes:middot; Child protection middot; Drug using parents middot; Dementia middot; Gypsy travellers middot; Domestic violence middot; Homelessness middot; Mentally disordered offenders middot; HIV middot; Youth education middot; Older peopleBased around case studies that demonstrate partnership working, the book contains contributions from a service user as well as academics and practitioners from health, social care, criminal justice and the voluntary sector. Effective Practice in Health and Social Careis recommended reading for managers, practitioners and students from a variety of human service agencies. It provides a good understanding of the issues, pitfalls and best practice that need to be addressed in order to work effectively in partnership with other agencies. A must read for anyone about to develop or join a multi-agency partnership.


This book is essentially about effective practice, recognizing that today the needs of a client/patient/service user can rarely be met by one single agency or using one single method of intervention. The book recognizes the realities of practice intervention in the 21st century welfare state where collaboration, working together and partnership between various statutory, voluntary and independent organizations are essential elements of any packages of care.

The book is presented in three parts covering the theory and practice of partnership, with the main emphasis being on effective practice. It draws authors from different disciplines of health, the voluntary sector, probation service, hospitals and social services as well as providing a mix of academics and practitioners. Importantly, the book also includes a service user perspective.

The emphasis on practice is reflected in all three parts of the book, although it is most prominent in Part 2. Hence, the book is not an academic exploration of the meaning of partnership, although the chapters in Part 1 do not duck this issue. The first two chapters explore the theoretical context within which partnership takes place, such as what is meant by partnership, and the political drivers for partnership. The second two chapters, while being theoretical in nature, draw on practical examples to explore the ethical issues raised by partnership, and the challenges of partnership for rural communities. The final chapter in Part 1 is important, as it is a reminder of what the provision of services is all about. In this chapter, Amir Minhas provides a sensitively written personal reflection on his own experience of being dependent upon such services.

Part 2, the main section of the book, examines the role and impact of agencies working together to provide services for a range of key client groups and social issues where a partnership approach is seen as particularly appropriate. The focus of Part 2, however, is not only on providing services for key client groups but also on working in partnership with client groups as well as with other agencies. Client groups covered within Part 2 are: the travelling community; victims of domestic violence; people who are homeless; people who have HIV/AIDS; drug misusing parents; children in need of protection; young people; mentally-disordered offenders; older people and AfricanCaribbean and Asian elders with dementia. The chapters in Part 2 are written in an . . .

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