Person-centred care is a high priority.

Making sure that people are involved in and central to their care is now recognised as a key component of developing high quality healthcare.

There is much work to be done to help health and social services be more person-centred and this has become more of a priority over the past decade.

This is because it is hoped that putting people at the centre of their care will:

  • improve the quality of the services available
  • help people get the care they need when they need it
  • help people be more active in looking after themselves
  • and reduce some of the pressure on health and social services

In the UK there is increasing demand for health services and there are limited resources.

People are living longer and may often have many health conditions as they age. Research has found that person-centred care can help to improve people’s health and reduce the burden on health services, so government policy is emphasising strengthening the voice of patients and moving away from a paternalistic model where professionals ‘do things to’ people.

The NHS constitution in England has person centred care as one of its seven core principles. This philosophy is also built into National
Service Frameworks, monitoring requirements and legislation in all four countries of the UK.