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Kaleidoscope Health and Care launch free guide to collaborating effectively

Kaleidoscope Health and Care has launched a free guide outlining the eight key characteristics of effective collaborations.

The guide has been created to support organisations working in and forming collaborations, such as integrated care systems, to identify the areas where they can create more value.

To mark the launch of the guide, Kaleidoscope is hosting a free collaboration digital event for people working in integrated health, social care and in the voluntary sector.

The digital event is on Friday 10 December. Find out more details and register.

The consultancy has a team devoted to developing effective networks and collaborative partnerships. The team explored case studies of effective collaboration, reviewed the existing literature, and pulled together the findings into a list of eight key characteristics that distinguish examples of high-performing collaboration.

The team has also developed a diagnostic tool that builds on the characteristics to help collaborations assess their relative strengths and weaknesses.

George Dellal, collaboration and network lead at Kaleidoscope, said:

“Collaboration is as old as civilisation yet surprisingly few models exist to support organisations develop a strategic approach to it. It’s a necessity if you want to enable multi-disciplinary teamwork, offer joined-up integrated care and work towards addressing some of the thorny problems our systems are faced with.

“But for collaboration to be meaningful, it needs to have purpose, it needs to be planned and conducted with enthusiasm. We created this set of characteristics to help people find practical ways to do that and make their collaborations more effective.”

Download the eight characteristics of effective collaboration

1. Purpose. 2. Committed partners. 3. Trust. 4. Leaders who span boundaries 5. Communication. 6. Measurement. 7. Governance 8. Skills


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