Person Centred Practices

1.1 A definition of person centred which I have been able to find is by Stephen Ladyman, 2004, he says; ‘ by ‘Person – Centred’ I mean we have to move away from mass-produced services.   Services that too often created a culture of dependency and move towards a future that seeks to develop the potential that in every single individual’
The UK social care services have promoted person centred practices and this remains high on the priority list.   There has been publications such as ‘putting people first: a shared vision and commitment to the transformation of adult social care.’   This was published in 2007, and outlined its personalisation agenda which is the government vision of enabling individuals to live independently with more choice and control.  
The term personalisation is about allowing individuals to build a system of care and support tailored to meet their own individual needs and designed with their full involvement.   A historical one size fits all approach to care was in practiced and this meant the individuals having to fit into the system of care which was already in place.   This would be expected weather the service user would benefit from the type of care or not.   The aim now is for individuals to be able to access their own budgets and decide which services they will spend the budget on.  
The term person centred care has not been widely used in literature and is often applied to elderly people and those with a learning disability.   The term is now used to describe care which is user focused and promotes independence, choice and autonomy.   Collaborative and partnership approached to care often use the term ‘person centred’ to describe their ethos.  
Stalker and Campbell, 1998 describe person centred practice as a variety of ways in which we can help people who use social care services to plan their own futures.  
1.2 The benefits to person centred care is apparent, however despite support, their does remain difficulties with implementation....