Person Centred Reviews

Most services have regular reviews. A person centred review uses person centred thinking tools to explore what is happening from the person and other peoples perspectives, and to agree actions for change.

When someone has a personal budget, they have an annual person centred review that includes what is working and not working about their outcomes from their support plan, and how they are spending their budget. This review is called an Outcome Focused Review.



Person Centred Thinking Minibook

The book Person Centred Thining is availiable from HSAPress.


Papers and Articles

Outcome-focused Reviews: A practical guide.

In early 2009 a group of disabled people, family carers and people from eight councils worked together to develop a new way to carry out reviews. We called this approach outcome-focused reviews. This updates earlier work carried out by the Department of Health to capture the learning from the Department of Health individual budget pilot1. What's in this guide
• This document, explaining what we mean by an outcome-focused review process and how we developed the tool.
• A template for an outcome-focused review form which councils can use or adapt to suit local needs.
• Guidance notes for people using the review form.
• Personal stories showing how councils taking part have used the outcome-focused review process.
• A discussion paper about the culture of reviews.

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Person Centred Transition Reviews
A national programme for developing Person Centred Approaches to transition planning for young people with special educational needs. The Valuing People Support Team commissioned this report about the person centred transition reviews programme.

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The Headings Used in a Person Centred Review

Many of us have been in reviews where people have not been listened to, things have not moved forward and there is little to inspire or motivate. We believe that people should be in control of their own lives and at the centre of any meeting held to decide the services they receive. In response we have developed a person centred review approach that is adapted from Essential Lifestyle Planning (Smull and Sanderson 2001) It is a powerful approach that fosters a spirit of willingness to participate; supports positive and productive review outcomes and helps people go away feeling their contribution is valued. It has been successfully used in transition and service user plan reviews and is flexible enough to be used in other meetings although it may be necessary to take additional steps to address specific or legislative requirements. This guide to the core components of a person centred review and have contains real examples (names have been changed).

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From a Person Centred Review to a Person Centred Plan
This paper describes how you can move from the information collected at a person centred review, and develop this into a person centred plan. To do this means gathering additional information and learning, synthesising this with what you already know, and organising this information in a powerful and easy to follow way.

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Person-Centred Reviews in the USA: What are we learning?

Person-centered reviews are powerful, effective and an example of the international collaboration done by the Learning Community for Person- Centered Practices. This paper describes the shared efforts that took place, current use and future plans. Person-centered reviews are recommended practice in the UK. The latest guidance from the Department of Health recommends that personcentered reviews are used in transition and all adult services, as a way to get started with person-centered change. In the US, the first person-centered reviews with children preparing to make a transition took place in California at Tri-Counties Regional Center in 2008. More recently Virginia and Missouri have begun to explore person-centered reviews.

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The Personal Touch- Mental Health Today

Person Centred Reviews can take some of the stress out of the care package review process, as Natalie Valios reports. An article from Mental Health Today.

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Centre of the World - Learning Disability Today

Person Centred Reviews are becoming an important part of the transition process for children and young people with learning disabilities, Natalie Valios reports. An article from Learning Disability Today.

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Michael Smull talks with Helen Sanderson in a podcast titled Definitions
What is meant by person centred approaches, thinking and planning?


Simon is supported to prepare for his annual review.
Simon talks with his citizen advocate preparing for his review.


Mitchell's booklet: Listen to me.
Mitchell's mum uses the Listen To Me booklet to help her think about her son's life, prepare for his review and start his person centred plan.

Examples and Stories

Jennie's 15plus Person Centred Planning Transition Review
This was Jennie's second Person Centred Planning review. She had her first person centred review last year, where people came together to think about what is important to Jennie, and what support she wants and needs. As Jennie's Mum, I was keen that we should look at the actions we had agreed then, and begin to think about her future. The group of people invited to her '14 plus' review had already had a taste of these new ways of planning and meeting together. The information from the last review is now part of Jennie's Essential Lifestyle Plan. It was also really important that Jennie can start to be involved in planning for her future.

An example of the paperwork for an Outcome Focused Review from Lincolnshire County Council and Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Trust.

The Department of Health template for Outcome Focused Reviews.


Winston's Review.

Alex's review.

Zara's review.

Paul's review.

William's review.

Jay's review.

Luke's review.

Matthew's review.

Sana's review.

J's review.

Danny's Review.

Jennie's year10 transition review.

An example of a Person Centred Family Review.