How well do I know and use Person Centred Thinking Tools?
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Person centred thinking and long term health conditions.
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Person centred thinking and acute hospital care: Maureen's story.
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One Page Profiles with Children and Young People.
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One Page Profiles in Schools: a guide.
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Going from a One Page Profile to a Person Centred Plan or Support Plan
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Learning what is important to and for someone can be recorded on one page to begin with. We call this a one-page profile. Usually, what is important for the person is framed as 'best support' or 'what we need to know or do to support the person'. A one-page profile typically has three sections: an appreciation about the person; what is important to that person from their perspective; and how to support them well.
A one-page profile can also be the beginning of a more detailed person-centred description. Once you have a one-page profile, each person-centred thinking tool used both leads to actions and further information which can be added, so that the document turns from being a one-page profile to being at least a couple of pages long (a person-centred description).
After each person-centred thinking tool is used, ask:
Then add this information to the original one-page profile which then starts to become a longer person-centred description. For example, using the relationship circle will lead to action by asking: 'What would it take to increase the number of people in the person's life?' Then: 'What do we need to do to start this?' The relationship circle will also provide information both on who is important to the person, and what staff need to do to support the person around their relationships.
The purpose of a one-page profile and a person-centred description is to provide a summary of person-centred information that people in the person's life can use to either get to know them quickly, or ensure that they are providing consistent support in the way that the person wants. They are not the latest way to produce 'good paper', but by considering what is important to and for a person, and what good support looks like, they are a way to create actions that make a difference.
The one-page profile provides the information to use to base conversations about what is working and not working in the person's life. Even where someone is not supported by services, this information can still be important to record and share in this way.
The most common errors in one-page profiles and person-centred descriptions are:
The courses and events involve everyone in a creative and practical way and are ideally suited to people with little experience of attending courses.
Families Planning Together.
The workshop assists families in learning how to develop or help their loved one develop his or her own One Page Profiles, which can be helpful in describing what matters most to the person and how to best support them.
Helen Sanderson discusses a practical application of one-page profiles through every step of life from caring to a newborn to helping plan your retirement.
One-Page profiles in schools
The one-page profile provides the information to use to base conversations about what is working and not working in the person's life. Even where someone is not supported by services, this information can still be important to record and share in this way. This made a significant difference for Dan.
This is what people appreciate about Sandra:
From talking and learning about Sandra's good days and bad days and what her routines are, her support worker was able to determine what is important to her and how best to support her. This became Sandra's one-page profile.
When people start using one-page profiles it is very important that they have clear information about what goes under each heading and how much detail is expected.
Some organisations have developed standards and top tips for one-page profiles.
The process of building from a one page-profile to a person centred plan has been developed from the best practices of a whole number of people involved in the work of facilitating, delivering and training person-centred approaches. This paper focuses on developing a one-page profile into a person centred plan. A paper by Max Neill, Helen Sanderson and Gill Bailey.
To view this paper see the downloads box on the left.
A table that outlines what the tool is, what it can be used for, and what could I do to use this tool more and learn about it?
To view this table see the downloads box on the left.
One-Page Profiles in Schools: a guide by Helen Sanderson, Tabitha Smith and Liz Wilson.
This guide is to help you to develop one-page profiles in
school. We start with the why, what, how and who of one page
profiles. We then give information about the headings and ways to
To read this new resource see the downloads box on the left.
One-Page Profiles with Children and Young People by Lorraine Erwin and Helen Sanderson.
A dream is for all children to have their own person centred plans, in all mainstream and special schools. Closer to reality, teachers would not be able to read, use and add to very detailed plans on all children in their class.
Examples of One-Page Profiles from Children.
Cameron's One-Page Plan.
Adam's One-Page Plan.
Shannon's One-Page Plan.
Jennie's One-Page Profile.
Laura's One-Page Profile.
Examples of One-Page Profiles from young adults.
Alishia's One-Page Profile.
Cameron's One-Page Profile.
One page about Margaret.
One Page about Ken.
One Page about Beryl.
One Page about Barry.
One Page about Ann.
One Page about Doris.
One Page about Florrie.
One Page about Mary.
One Page about May.
One Page about Mrs Batir.
One Page about Tom.
One Page about Vi.
One Page about Arthur.
One Page about Kenny.
Winston's One-Page Profile.
Textile one-page profile.
Andrew designed and created his textile one-page profile with the hope to inspire others to be more creative with their profiles.
Examples of One-Page Profiles from People with Mental Health Issues.
Dave Adam's One-Page Profile.
Sandra's One-page profile.
Barbara's One-Page Profile.
Rebecca's One-Page Profile.
Tony's One-Page Profile.
Sue's One-Page Profile.
Dan's One-Page Profile.
Helen's One-Page Profile.
Sharon's One-Page Profile.
Ruth's One-Page Profile.
Mr Joshi's - From a one-page profile to working/not working.
One-Page Profiles for Breast Cancer Survivors
These profiles have been developed with breast cancer survivors:
Different templates for producing one-page profiles where you can enter the text into a designed form:
www.thinkandplan.com An online resource for people who have had training or support in using person centred thinking tools. You will find a range of tools and profiles and how to use them together for a person centred review or support plan. You can fill in the tools online and print them out, or save them on your computer.
www.thinkaboutyourlife.org Developed by cancer survivors and people with long-term conditions, this website shows people how they can use person-centred thinking along their journey. The website enables people to use person-centred thinking tools with explanations, videos and audio clips.
www.supportplanning.org Information about support planning in health and social care, including example support plans and resources.
www.celebratingfamiles.co.uk The website is for families, and is an online companion to the book 'Celebrating Families'. The book shares how all families can use person centred thinking in day-to-day life.
www.hsapress.co.uk Where to download free minibooks, and buy books, postcards and templates. They also provide a scanning service used for graphic facilitators.
These two materials/ publications have chapters relating to one-page profiles.
A practical Guide to Delivering Personalisation, Person-Centred Practice in Health and Social Care.
This book will show how to deliver personalisation through simple, effective and evidence-based person-centred practice that changes people's lives and helps them achieve the outcomes they want. It covers why person-centred practice is relevant to the personalisation agenda and what person-centred thinking and person-centred reviews are, introducing the tools that can help you carry them out. It also explores the relationship between person-centred plans and support plans, and how person-centred practice can be used in the journey of support through adulthood - from prevention or the management of long-term health conditions to reablement, recovery, support in old age and at the end of life. There is also a chapter on taking a person-centred approach to risk.
Celebrating Families is a practical guide for parents. It's all about appreciating each individual in your family and discovering how they prefer to negotiate a path through life; ensuring that what is important to all members of your family (including you, the parent) are met as fully as possible. It contains lots of stories about how families have used person-centred thinking and planning
All materials are available from the HSA Press website or by calling 0161 442 8271.
The One-page profiles are regularly discussed in our blog section.