Practice development: collaborative working in social care

Appendix 1: The role of the project coordinator

SCIE collaborative projects have demonstrated that the role of the coordinator, and their approach, ability and commitment, are crucial. The person allocated this role should ideally be located outside the team with an overall responsibility for service and policy development.

The coordinator needs to gain the confidence of participants and so should be demonstrably familiar, dependable and knowledgeable. It is important that change is locally owned and determined. The coordinator must ensure progress and compliance but their role should be supportive rather than scrutinising.

Coordinator checklist