The Partnership Multiplier

The multiplier we recommend is 3. In other words, for every weekly Core Partnership session (half day or 3.5 hours) a clinician should begin 3 new Core Partnerships in a quarter (3 month period).

An example: Andrew Down is a systemic therapist who works full time. He has 6 sessions allocated for a range of clinical and managerial tasks and 1 session for a Choice clinic. This leaves 3 sessions a week for core Partnership work.

Multiplying these 3 sessions by the Partnership multiplier of 3 means he needs to see 3 x 3 = 9 new Core Partnerships in the next quarter.

TIP: This doesn’t mean that Andrew has to see and finish treating these 9 cases in a quarter. He just has to start them. The number is based on average treatment durations. The range may be wide.

Why 3?

We worked it out this way…

So those 22.5 appointments mean that 3 children and young people, on average, can be seen and treated in the capacity provided by one session in a 3-month period.

This is used to work out how much new Core Partnership you can do.

How to use it?


Look at each clinician’s job plan- how many half-day sessions or hours do they have for Core Partnership once Choice, Specific and Specific work, the team meeting and other commitments have been accounted for?


Either multiply that number of sessions by the Partnership multiplier to give the number of new Core Partnership appointments each clinicians should offer each 13-quarter (3 month periods) or Multiply that number of hours by 0.86. This is the hours converted to sessions – divided by 3.5 and then multiplied by the multiplier of 3 3 divided by 3.5 = 0.86. The answer gives the number of new Core Partnership appointments each clinicians should offer each 13 week quarter.

Why use a 13-week quarter?

We find it gives staff enough flexibility to choose when they do the new Core Partnership appointments. It fits with most activity reporting cycles.