Level 5 Health And Social Care Ratio Analysis

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Performance evidence record Qualification/unit Level 5 Diploma in Health and Social Care Learner name Emily Carne Unit | Assess-ment criteria | Questions | Answers | 501 | 4.2 | What are the advantages and disadvantages of sharing information between organisations? | Communicating with other organisations is an essential part of working in a Health and Social Care setting. In 1973 the NHS Reorganisation Act made sure local authorities and the NHS worked together through consultative committees and in 1976 further reform resulted in joint planning teams. There has been much focus on multi-agency, or partnership working over recent years. This is because essentially, if communication between agencies is effective the over-all…show more content…
Information sharing can safeguard workers and clients, the involvement of multiple agencies could mean that something is spotted that might not have been otherwise. Partnership working means communicating with others and sharing information and another advantage of this is that it encourages compliance with care and treatment. It also means that there is a streamlined approach to care, it encourages all parties involved to meet a certain standard/level. When people work together closely they communicate more, build relationships and bonds, learning each other’s principles and values and can then work together even more effectively, improved relationships result in improved care. On the flip side to this; poor communication when sharing information can have a detrimental effect on care. A breakdown in the communication when multiple agencies have an involvement could result in a client or patient being ‘lost‘ in the system. This could be because so many people have got…show more content…
Another disadvantage to the sharing of information could be if the information is shared with the ‘wrong’ person. When sharing information confidentiality must be upheld, for example emails should be encrypted, information should only be discussed on a need to know basis. Sharing of information could be ineffective without proper communication in other ways also; time could be wasted by several people working on the same thing at the same time in an overlap or duplication of services. One way to avoid this would be to have multi-disciplinary meetings so that everyone involved gets together and discusses the client, or the case, ensuring that all those involved are up-to-date with information and aware of what others are doing. These meetings may also rectify another disadvantage of information sharing, that is the ‘Chinese whispers’ effect. This is where information is shared but not communicated accurately and details are lost, or changed and no longer reliable. Sometimes information is only changed slightly perhaps by someone ‘summing something up’, or
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