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Question: TMA 03 Case study
Bernie McGuire is 38 and the youngest of four sisters. She is from a large and affectionate Irish Catholic family who had moved to Birmingham before she was born but kept close links with their extended family in Ireland. Bernie has Down’s syndrome and still lives with her parents. She has attended a large day service for people with learning disabilities since she left special school at 19. She has been involved in working in the café and snack bar in the centre, and enjoys this and is good at it.

Her key worker in the day service, Doreen, has arranged for her to get the chance for work experience in the local university refectory two days a week. If this goes well, it could lead to paid employment. Bernie seemed really excited about the possibility of working outside the centre, where she sometimes got a bit bored. She was ready to meet new people and liked the idea of work. This would make her more like her sisters who were all working. She also liked the idea of the uniform and name badge that came with it.

Doreen wrote a letter to Bernie’s parents to explain the opportunity and was shocked to receive a telephone call the following morning from Mrs McGuire, flatly refusing to allow Bernie to undertake this work experience. They were very upset that the ‘idea had been put in Bernie’s head’ that she could work. They had explained to her that night that it was not a good idea, and when Bernie came to talk to Doreen she reiterated that she couldn’t go to work because her parents didn’t think it was a good idea. She was tearful but firm in supporting her parents’ view.


Part 1 You are required to collaborate with other members of your assessment subgroup to discuss and collectively create a joint PowerPoint presentation. Your group should provide a critical analysis of the main policies and laws in place to support the person in your case study. Each student in your assessment subgroup will be responsible for contributing one slide to the presentation.

Part 2 You should reflect critically and individually on the experience of producing your presentation as a shared piece of work, and discuss the implications for collaborative working as an underpinning principle of health and social care policy.

Answer: Collaborative working involves working together in a wide variety of different ways to pursue a common goal. It is essential to delivering effective health and social care services in a 21st Century setting and pressure to work collaboratively comes from service user’s carers government and the nature of issues and ambitions of people who use services (Learn2.open.ac.uk, 2016a). To that end, this essay focuses on the production of a collaborative piece of work between myself and my fellow students in regards to the above case study. In reflecting on this I will look at the way in which the task was accomplished. The role taken by myself and others and why this happened. The processes that were most effective and the difficulties and barriers to the joint working. I will also consider the emotional content of the teamwork. And how what I have learned will influence my behaviour in the f...(short extract)

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  • Subject: Social Science
  • Course: K319 Adulthood, ageing and the life course
  • Level: Degree
  • Year: 2nd/3rd
  • Mark: Not available
  • Words: 1503
  • Date submitted: April 19, 2017
  • Date written: March, 2016
  • References: Yes
  • Document type: Essay*
  • Essay ID: 7924

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