For this assessment criterion, you will be required to explain how working together can improve your agency’s efficiency. We looked at some of the benefits from networking with other agencies and community groups in the previous section but there are many more principles here that apply as well. There are a few big benefits to working with other agencies.
Working with other agencies delivers better outcomes for those using adult care services. This can save you time and money, as well as make sure you are getting the best possible care for your population.
Integrated working with other agencies is an efficient and effective way to provide quality care for all individuals receiving support services. Sharing information, pooling resources, and partnering together helps deliver better outcomes while also ensuring a seamless experience throughout the process of getting your needs met.
A literature review from the National Institute for Health Research looked at integrating care practices and strategies in order to improve patient satisfaction. The findings suggest that they are successful, as patients’ perception of providers improved with an integrated approach when compared against Medical Home or usual practice patterns’.
A case study (Torbay Care Trust, Thistlewaite) has shown that integrated care can lead to improved access and efficiency in healthcare services through a single point of contact. The time between identification of needs is reduced as well due to the simplification decision-making process which also provides an opportunity for increased communication success rates among providers involved with providing these types of treatments.
As an organization, integrating your work can reduce costs and prevent overlap or duplication of work. This maximizes the use of shared resources so you spend less time on paperwork while still getting good results.