Health Promotion: Professional Perspectives by Angela Scriven;Judy Orme

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However, the visible implementation of such a plan might be in the form of distinct projects on specific issues, for example mental health, or with dient groups such as gay men. So there may be a myriad of smaller and more focused alliances within a 'parent' alliance at county, city or district level. Alongside health promotion projects, organisational change is encouraged to ensure that partner organisations prioritise health. The policies and procedures of such agencies should thUS reflect health promotion principles.

We noted earlier the centrality of trust to collaboration, and Springett (1994) suggests that such networks reflect innate needs to connect and affiliate. Networking is clearly central to health promotion work across pro- 28 Faith Delaney fessional settings, to share information, improve coordination, to gain support and feel valued. Ability to network is one skill attributed to reticulists. , 1974; Sanderson, 1991; Health Education Unit LMU, 1993). However, other skills and characteristics are identified in recent studies of alliances: negotiation, credibility and patience, for example.

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