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1.3c Describe different working relationships in health and social care settings

There are several types of working relationships in health and social care settings. They can be broadly categorised as follows:

  • Employees and Clients – These are the relationships that care staff and supervisors have with the service users that they support. This can also extend to the individual’s friends and family.
  • Care staff and Supervisors – This is the relationship that care staff have with their managers and supervisors. It can be thought of as a superior-subordinate relationship.
  • Care staff and Peers – This is the working relationship that care workers have with other care workers that do the same or a similar role. They can be described as co-workers or colleagues.
  • Employees and other Professionals – Care workers are required to communicate with a myriad of other health and social care professionals as part of their job role. This can include GPs, Psychiatrists, Nurses, Social Workers, Advocates etc.