Partnership planning

Having a short partnership plan can be very useful. It doesn’t have to take long, but it will help you to think about the steps you need to take and will help with the success of your project.

Things to consider when planning

There are a number of questions you want to consider when making a plan, including:

What am I hoping to achieve?

What is it that you’d like to do, or change? And how is partnership working going to help with this? Have as much clarity about your objectives or aims as you can.

Who do I need to work with/involve?

Who are the best people to involve in this change or talk to? It may be staff, patients, carers, other colleagues.

How am I going to find them?

How are you going to engage with or involve others? What is your involvement approach going to be? Are you just consulting (eg via a survey) or are you wanting to work fully in partnership to design something new? And how will you contact and reach those you’d like to reach. How will you ensure you include the most relevant groups, not just the easiest to reach?

Which tools shall I use?

Which tools are you going to use to involve people? E.g. focus groups, surveys or something else?

What do I need to do this?

What resources will you need to deliver your involvement activity? Is this materials, funding, people’s time, access to venues, translators?

How will I know this is working?

How are you going to evaluate your engagement activity? How will you know it is working well for everyone in the group.

How will I share what is changing and what we are learning? 

How will you share learning with others? How will you let people know what you’ve done that has worked well or not gone to plan so that they can pick up tips? How will you let any patient partners know how the project has had an impact?

What’s my plan beyond this project?

What will you do next? It is worth thinking beyond one project to build relationships, even if it is just a consideration of that idea.