Skills for Health has produced a new Person-Centred Approaches Framework with Skills for Care.
The framework, which was commissioned by Health Education England (HEE) aims to distil best practice and set out core, transferable behaviours, knowledge and skills to develop and support the workforce to be person-centred. It focuses on how to enable the workforce to develop genuine partnerships with people, families, carers, communities and colleagues. This means planning, designing and delivering care and support and services with people.
It is aimed at people in organisations with some level of responsibility for developing the workforce such as commissioning, planning, or delivering education, training or learning. It is hoped that staff delivering services and people receiving care or support may also find the framework helpful in providing clarity about the desired behaviours expected in a person-centred approach.
A key part of a person-centred approach is about being ‘community focused’. Evidence confirms a significant improvement in people’s health and wellbeing when individuals and communities achieve a sense of purpose, hope, mastery and control over their own lives and immediate environment.
A person-centred approach isn’t new, but what is new, is the shift from a values-based argument that it’s the ‘right thing to do’, to a growing body of evidence such as the recently published Realising the Value  research and the National Voices Evidence for Person Centred Care  that it can lead to better outcomes and care for people – and make better use of limited resources.
The framework can be downloaded here.
Skills for Health has also produced a supported e-learning programme in partnership with HEE to support the framework.
Both the framework and the e-learning were created with input from people with experience of using health and social care services.