This approach brings healthcare professionals to the fundamental principle of caring: to connect with another human being.
The building blocks to relationship-based care
Relationship with self
Relationship with colleagues
Relationship with patients and families
How do we create a relationship-based model of care?
By ensuring the environment is a therapeutic caring environment:
Focusing on what resources are available, and not those resources that are lacking, prioritises what matters most to the patient and their family.
Through leadership and teamwork:
This collective demonstration of compassionate leadership promotes the spirit of teamwork, with each healthcare professional taking accountability for their own actions. This encourages leaders to emerge at all levels and emulates the vision of relationship-based care for the service provider.By demonstrating compassionate caring leadership, other carers will identify with this example, and, in turn, support the emergence of caring compassionate leaders throughout the healthcare service.
Through commitment to excellent communication:Promoting a healthy environment that is respectful and considerate to all with the focus on the needs of the patient and their family promotes excellence in practice. This element of relationship-based care model highlights how excellent communication promotes a healthy environment and ensures patient advocacy and family involvement.
Inspire in a meaningful way:Empowering healthcare professionals to be autonomous inspires critical thinking, prioritises care based on what matters most to the patient and their family, and stimulates positive feedback. Collating this feedback in structured outcome measurements ensures important data on the impact of both the relationships and the care, is captured. This patient satisfaction and positive clinical outcome data can then be used to inspire and motivate team members.
Education and awareness:Developing ways to cope with the stress of the job promotes wellness among carers. Providing education and coping strategies underpins autonomy and accountability, and supports the carer in addressing challenges sooner.
In summaryRelationship-based care, when operating within an organisation, ensures the healthcare professionals are focused on the patient and cognisant of their behaviours in the care chain. Overall, it initiates structures and processes that are designed to support all team members in building relationships, ultimately ensuring they have the ability to provide high quality compassionate care.
- The patient is the focus of care.
- Care is accommodated through compassionate caring relationships with the patient and family, colleagues with whom you work and the self.
- Promote autonomy and leadership and ensure all healthcare professional know the vision of the organisation, that of person-centred care.
- Promote respect and dignity for all persons.
- Promote a healthy environment through open communication.
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