Person Centred Practice

Person Centred Practice are ways of commissioning, providing and organising services rooted in listening to what people want, to help them live in their communities as they choose.

Here are some examples of what you would see where there is person centred practice:

  • Person's perspective is listened to and honored
  • Individuals have a role in planning the supports they receive & the staff that are hired
  • Regularly look at people's lives to see what is working and not working Employees know their roles and responsibilities in supporting people
  • Staff are matched with people based on skill and common interests.


Total Communication. Person Centred Thinking, Planning and Practice

by Kim Williams, SALT Salford Primary Care trust, Learning Difficulty Service; Louise Skelhorn, Helen Sanderson Associates and Alison Matthews, SALT Oldham Learning Disability Services.

Total Communication

This booklet describes the philosophy and approaches of total communication. This includes: total communication; a word about understanding; a word about expression; communication model; pre verbal, pre intentional and gesture; objects; photographs, line drawings, symbols; signing; spoken language; witten language.

Available to purchase from the HSA Press website


Click here for a free download (Available in A4 PDF format only)


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