Partnership Development




Partnerships can be formed between a number of individuals, agencies or organisations with a shared interest. There is usually an overarching purpose for partners to work together and a range of specific objectives. Partnerships are often formed to address specific issues and may be short or long-term. In order to achieve a co-ordinated service partners need to:

  • Communicate
  • Co-ordinate
  • Co-operate


What are the benefits of partnership working?

There is emerging evidence about the benefits for both service users and service providers of working in partnership with other services. A partnership approach founded on co-operation and collaboration between all relevant providers will have a number of benefits for service users. These include:

  • removal of barriers to progressing towards stabilisation / rehabilitation
  • providing more consistent, co-ordinated and comprehensive care
  • access to a range of training, education and employment opportunities

The benefits for service providers of partnership working include the ability to:

  • develop a 'whole person' approach
  • manage a broader range of services which address the individual's needs
  • develop a better understanding of others’ skills and develop a wider range of personal skills in dealing with clients
  • develop a wider skill base for staff to meet more effectively the needs of individuals
  • recognise and utilise the strengths and areas of expertise of all the partner agencies involved
  • make the best use of available resources by managing care of more people in a coordinated and cost-effective way - including pooling resources

Community planning and partnerships

Community planning is where a number of local organisations (from councils to voluntary groups) work together to improve the quality of life for local people. It gives local people the opportunity to shape local services and the places where they live, work and spend their leisure time. It helps communities to become safer, stronger, healthier, wealthier and more sustainable in the future.


Local Strategic Partnerships

A Local Strategic Partnership (LSP) brings together key agencies and organisations to identify long term priorities to sustain and improve an area. Through community planning the LSP develops a sustainable community strategy where, by working together, partners can make a big difference. LSPs are made up of many organisations including:

  • local councils
  • the police, fire service, and health organisations
  • local businesses
  • the voluntary and community sector

Leaders and senior officers will usually represent each of these organisations to ensure that decisions are made and that the money and resources needed for action are available.

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