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

March 2014
Research report

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

You might also like...

Improvement project

What matters to you? Putting people with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) in control of their care

Improvement project

This project will create partnerships, led by people living with IBD, to design services and deliver...

Improvement project

Improving health services with homeless people in Brighton

Improvement project

This project is aiming to improve health services for homeless and vulnerably housed people in...

Press release

Welcome investment to accelerate the use of AI and technology in health and care

Press release

Health Foundation response to the government’s new Artificial Intelligence Award for health and...

Kjell-bubble-diagramArtboard 101 copy

Get social

RT @Gummifot: I’m excited to share the results from a study I’ve been working on as part of the #ImprovementAnalytics Unit at @HealthFdn. I…

Follow us on Twitter
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