Practice development: collaborative working in social care

Appendix 2: Sample practitioner brief

Collaborative projects

The collaborative methodology has been adapted from the NHS model for social care. The aim is to test how practitioners use evidence from research and practice to support practice development.

Project aims

This collaborative project will focus on [insert focus group e.g. people assessed who are over the age of 85 and living in their own homes]. It will aim to reflect the diversity of the population, for example by including people with dementia and people from black and ethnic minority groups.

The aim of the project is to [insert aim/s e.g. to develop an outcomes focus to assessment]. This in itself may require changes in practitioner behaviour, attitudes and practices. Practitioners will have the opportunity to focus thinking on the specific barriers that they face in implementing an outcomes focus to their work. Assessment and review are small links in a chain of events and the introduction of an outcomes focus may lead to the identification of barriers and necessary changes in other parts of the process, for example at the commissioning and service provision levels. By replacing anecdotal evidence with concrete data, practitioners will be better placed to influence change at different levels in their organisation. It is therefore important that senior managers support the project from the outset and are committed to implementing the changes identified as necessary.

Project partners

We will be working with [insert names of participant teams/individuals] and for each organisation we will identify:

Project involvement

The project will begin [insert start date] and data collection will run for [insert length of project].

Taking part in this project will involve the following:

Project benefits

This project will give our organisation the opportunity to: