Communication in a Health Care Setting

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How communication is so important in a health and social care environment Communication is vital when working in a health and social care environment, verbally or non- verbally. It is needed so that the carer (nurse, social worker) can give the best possible support or help to the patient. Good communication skills can gain positive relationships and also put the patient at ease as they will feel they can start to trust you which help them to relax and communicate back with you. This can then help to get a bigger picture of the patient's background and enable you to understand their needs. Sometimes it may not be as simple as just talking to a patient, it maybe there deaf or blind, if this was to be the case it is very important for to you finds the right way to communicate with them, for simple reasons such as an emergency. There are many ways in which we can communicate with people, such as: • Sign language BSL, Makaton • Braille • Signs • Text messaging • Oral/ verbal • Appointment letters To gain the best feedback from you patient it is important to know your patient well so you know the best way to get the best feedback possible which will help you to meet there needs. Verbal communication Is when we communicate to someone using words. Non-verbal Is a process of communicating without speaking. Messages can be sent to people through gestures; Facial expressions; Hand gestures; Body language. Messages can also be sent through sign language, Braille, text messaging, written communication etc. When working in a Health and Social caring environment, it is highly important to communicate effectively so you and your patient have a good understanding of what is being said to each other and also, so you can build a strong relationship with your client/ patient. Sometimes it may not be just the patient you have to communicate with, you may also have
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