Person-centred approach

A person-centred approach is underpinned by seeing prevention - engaging and supporting people to live healthier lives - as an on-going activity with people and communities, not a single event or intervention. Taken from Person centred approaches Framework 2020

In 2019 ‘Universal Personalised Care – Implementing the comprehensive model’ was published and is at the heart of the NHS Long Term Plan. It is built using the skills, knowledge and expertise from social care, mental health, children’s services, learning disability and others.

The evidence of the positive impact a personalised care approach has continued to grow. Personalised care also helps to address health inequalities, taking into account people’s different backgrounds and preferences, which mean people from lower socio-economic groups are often able to benefit the most.

Research has shown that people who are more confident and able to manage their health conditions (that is, people with higher levels of activation) have 18% fewer GP contacts and 38% fewer emergency admissions than people with the least confidence. (These figures are based on the tracking of over 9,000 people with long-term conditions across a health and care system.)

The short animation below talks about Bob and why taking into consideration his strengths and interests, and not just his symptoms or conditions, can have a positive impact on his health and wellbeing.

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