Effective Collaborative Practice

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This is Developing Capability for Effective Collaborative Practice (DCECP) learning journal and action plan. The 4 main ideas to discuss are service user and carer involvement, effective collaborative for safe and effective practice, contemporary policy drivers and personal professional development.

As student physiotherapy, being a collaborative worker is a key part of professional practice in health, education and social care. Collaborative worker defines multiple carers from different professional background who adopts the values of, and engage in collaborative working with patients, families and communities (ACT Government Information Portal 2016) (Whittington 2009). Collaborative working is about engaging in partnership
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It is SUs' moral imperative to make their own decisions about delivery and design of public service. It is recommended that SUs understand their needs clearly and therefore speed up educational and recovery process. SUs are empowered the ability to shape better system which affects their health and being part of the service strengthen people's sense of citizenship and belonging in healthy democracy. When SUs act as service supervisor, they are encouraged to feedback into system, define and direct public service, enhancing service quality and boost satisfaction rate. Members of Shaping Our Lives, the health and social care user network, stated 'We are the experts! We know what we need." Liz Stone of Mencap (2007) suggested due to high efficiency from improved public service, people are needing fewer GP appointments and less clinical treatment and therefore cost-effective. However, limited systematic evaluations could be found to support above statement. Some may argue that tailor services will be more expensive regarding labour of service professionals or practitioners time costs and higher administrative cost. Moreover, differences of opinions between HCPs and service users can cause conflicts (Clarke and Holttum 2013) as …show more content…
SUs express their needs and we, as part of the MDT discuss possible solution and come to an agreement with SUs. No single profession can solve the entire case and this is the reason why different professions have to work together as a MDT to achieve the best outcome for SUs. Milewa et al. (2002) claimed that SUs involvement leads to changes in practice which demonstrates potential advantages for SUs. I found SUs is the key in a MDT meeting because just a group of professionals discussing a case is pointless when the ultimate goal is to satisfy a SU, like what we did in red and blue scenario during session, which is highlighted in Learning Log1 (Appendix 4). Sometimes it is challenging because every staff has their tight appointment schedule and it is hard to arrange a MDT meeting, Carpenter and Sbaraini (1997) also stated in their study that HCPs committed involving SUs was very time-consuming. But if we can, SUs benefit can be optimised by full use of team skills, knowledge and experience. In the future, I would definitely try to get involve in more MDT meetings and contribute my skills and knowledge for the best of