Working in partnership is crucial to the current process of modernisation underway in UK welfare services. This is true across a range of policy areas, but is particularly significant with regard to health and social care. Key challenges include the need to overcome separate legislative frameworks, organisational imperatives, funding streams and professional rivalries in order to improve outcomes for service users and produce more co-ordinated care. As a result, this module introduces participants to the skills, knowledge and concepts necessary to work successfully with people from different professional backgrounds and with partners from the wider health and social care economy. Key topics will inlcude current barriers to partnership working, the benefits of working together, different organisational cultures and the importance of partnership working within a wider series of publc sector reforms.