Since then, the Relationships Matter Working Group has been exploring how we can support practitioners’ relationships with each other. Working with Dr Sinéad Hanifan, we have gathered a panel of health and social care professionals in community settings in Ireland to facilitate further research into how we can support practitioners’ relationships with each other.
Using the Delphi research technique, we have designed a scientifically robust measurement tool – the Workplace Relationship Scale – to provide an objective assessment of the quality of work-based relationships.
This is now ready, and we are planning the next steps in this project.
Our goal is to enhance our understanding of the impact that interpersonal relationships in the workplace can have on the health and wellbeing of both service providers and users of their services.