We have been running a Partnership Working Programme with a Local Authority and an NHS Foundation Trust in the South West to develop their collaborative approach to designing and delivering services to their local population. Our journey started with them in late 2020 and our programme concluded in early July 2022.
At the start of the programme, everything was delivered virtually, working remotely and COVID-19 safely, we had to be innovative and creative in our approach. As we progressed the change in restrictions enabled us to actually get the teams into one room, it was fantastic to see the drive and determination to succeed in each individual and their motivation to work together as a team. Reconnecting both teams of Executives and Senior Managers became a key objective for the programme, we were reminded of the importance of building effective working relationships and connecting on a personal level with your colleagues.
Developing the individual and the team
To support our programme, we worked with some established tools to explore and build upon individual and team strengths, this gave participants the opportunity to reflect, refocus and consider how they could collectively work towards peak performance. We implemented Strengthscope®, a strengths-based assessment designed to help people consider their strengths as work and perform at their best, alongside the Patrick Lencioni model of high performing teams® which looks at five key dimensions essential to a functioning team. Our approach supported both organisations to build the foundations of a partnership that positions them well to design and deliver services together.
Ensuring the best possible care for patients
It has been a pleasure working with such committed and talented individuals over the last two years, who will deliver great things for their local population across organisational boundaries. Partnership and system working is the way forward in Health and Social Care, this requires a significant shift in mindset for leaders and clinicians to collaborate across the system, by working together to deliver services that ensure the best possible care for patients.
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