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Partnerships and Networks: Part Lessons from Health and Social Care

Date: June 2006
Category: Report
Author: Jane McKinnon, Moira Fischbacher, Judy Pate, Phil Beaumont

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The paper draws on important lessons learnt from evaluation of partnerships between health and social services in Managed Clinical Networks and Health Action Zones that are likely to have implications for the development of Communuity Health Partnerships (CHPs) in Scotland. For example, issues highlighted have included the need for a clear vision, clarity of strategic focus, effective two-way communications, honesty and trust between partners, adequate resources for building collaborative capacity, and building on learning from previous partnerships. Each of these issues are examined briefly to outline the potential for building best practice for partnership working. The paper concludes by outlining the plans for a GCPH-funded study of managing partnerships in Glasgow, which aims to both contribute to and learn from the unique experience in Glasgow if integrating health and social services in CHCPs.