Building effective partnerships
Public services have to change radically as the political, economic and social environment changes – but all too often uncertainty makes us grip harder, become more risk averse, and pull up the drawbridge. We are finding ways to support public service leaders to identify innovative solutions – leading open, creative organisations into the partnerships they need. Collaboration has become essential, with communities, with the private sector, and with each other.
None of this will work without strong and sustained partnerships. With over twenty years experience, from LSPs, LPSAs, Total Place, Community Budgeting, Better Care Fund, health service reconfiguration, STPs, LEPs and social investment partnerships, we can:
- Support a shift to an enabling role: Enabling is more difficult than it sounds, and needs new skills, new ways of working and different mind-/sets. Through team coaching, learning programmes, action learning and OD support we can help you create the culture you need
- Build relationships with private and third sectors strong enough to withstand the challenges of new funding models or delivery vehicles: Public private partnerships create a clash of cultures which can be highly creative or downright destructive. By helping both sides exploring expectations, challenging assumptions and understanding each other’s motives and purpose, partnerships can learn to cope the inevitable setbacks.
- Facilitate new partnerships across public service organisations: In developing health and social care integration, devolution partnerships and shared service arrangments it is essential to ensure that relationships are strong, partners all feel listened to and shared purpose is clear.
- Review partnership effectiveness: It is essential to diagnose problems and build the self awareness and capability needed to work effectively in the future.
- ‘Reboot’ confused or ineffectual partnerships: Focusing on the right work and shifting from talk to action.
- Support whole system change: Bringing together system leaders from the public, community and private and third sectors to explore the future, agree shared outcomes and the actions needed to reach them.