Person-centred care made simple

What everyone should know about person-centred care

October 2014

Thumbnail

Key points

  • This seeks to provide a quick overview of person-centred care, offering a clear explanation of the principles, why it is important, how it has developed, and some examples to help those considering putting person-centred care into practice.
  • It's written for anyone interested in health and health care, including health care professionals and those who use the NHS.

The challenges facing the NHS are well understood. There are growing numbers of older people and people living with long-term conditions and disabilities. At the same time, health and social care budgets are under increasing pressure.

If we are to provide high-quality care that affords people the best possible quality of life, we need to rethink the relationship between people and the services that provide their care.

In person-centred care, health and social care professionals work collaboratively with people who use services. Person-centred care supports people to develop the knowledge, skills and confidence they need to more effectively manage and make informed decisions about their own health and health care. It is coordinated and tailored to the needs of the individual. And, crucially, it ensures that people are always treated with dignity, compassion and respect.

Further reading

Research report

Helping measure person-centred care

A rapid review of research about measuring the extent to which care is person-centred.

Discover

Person-centred care resource centre

Learn about person-centred care with resources from the Health Foundation and around the web.

You might also like...

Blog

A combined effort for autism: lessons from the community for the health system

Research shows 88% of autistic people do not think their needs are understood by health professionals. Emily Niner and Oliver...

Blog

On the front line of quality improvement in Manchester: flashing lights, focused funding and forming habits

Will Warburton reflects on what he learnt from his recent visit to front-line improvement practitioners in Manchester.

Blog

Collaboration is key to achieving better models of care

What effect can collaboration between patients, families and clinicians have on health care systems and practices? Maddie Jul...

Kjell-bubble-diagramArtboard 101

Work with us

We look for talented and passionate individuals as everyone at the Health Foundation has an important role to play.

View current vacancies
Artboard 101 copy 2

The Q Community

Q is an initiative connecting people with improvement expertise across the UK.

Find out more