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Guidance on partnership working between allied health professions and education



Many of those we engaged with in this project were able to identify very strong partnership working between allied health professions and education. This guidance has been written to build on this very good practice and help to overcome barriers where they exist. It is encouraging that the ways in which partnership working needs to improve are identified and understood by those we engaged with. Many of the challenges to partnership working are common across different services. There are strong indications that our existing processes are supporting collaboration. Education and the allied health professions have already taken steps to implement planning and delivery of services together. Allied health professions and education staff in some instances have also developed new ways of working to co-locate support.

However, there is still work to be done in order to understand fully how each others' services to young people are evolving and changing. Services are developing in order to make the best use of everyone's skills and resources and respond to national developments, especially Curriculum for Excellence. Continuing to engage in open discussion and making the most of the relationships we have been building over recent times, will help to build on current good practice. One key message is a commitment to evaluating where we are with regards to being effective partners ourselves. Through taking personal responsibility for the area in which we work we can develop our interpersonal skills to better see another's perspective.

There is a significant impact on the skills and capacity of staff in health and education as they learn from each other through partnership working. Almost all staff we met with reported the positive benefits of working in partnership with colleagues from health or education respectively. In the long term, this increased capacity to support children and young people will result in improved outcomes for children and young people. This guidance will help colleagues to build on current good practice in line with Getting it right for every child, and embed partnership working as core business which will be sustainable and consistent across Scotland.

A positive approach to shared problems, taking responsibility for solution-focused discussions will enable us to meet the demands ahead and improve outcomes for children, young people and their families. Good partnership practice requires innovative ways of working with a clear view to demonstrating the impact of collaborative advantage and ensure the best use of available resources. Recognising the rights and responsibilities of children and young people and their families as key partners will complete the success of our partnerships. Finally, constantly asking ourselves what difference we are making to young people will keep us focused on the ultimate aim. The aim is working in partnership to improve outcomes for young people so that they are successful learners, confident individuals, responsible citizens and effective contributors.