What is Person Centred Care?

Paper lying on two large sheets of paper reading "Question one: what does person centredness mean to you?"

Person-centred care is defined by the Scottish Government (2013) as:

“Mutually beneficial partnerships between patients, their families and those delivering healthcare services which respect individual needs and values and which demonstrates compassion, continuity, clear communication and shared decision-making”.

Read the NHS Scotland Quality Strategy leaflet (PDF).

People Powered Health and Wellbeing Programme Manager Lisa Curtice stands in front of a banner reading 'People at the Centre of Health and Care', holding a sign saying 'Nothing about me without me'


The Health Foundation has produced a video called ‘what is person centred care?’ and it lasts only 1 minute 45 seconds. It is accessible, pulls no punches and gets some really good points across.

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