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Book review: ‘A practical resource for promoting person-centred care’


A guide for creating person-centred organisations proves a useful and accessible resource, writes social worker Brid Joy 

The growth of personalisation in health and social care means many organisations in the statutory and voluntary sectors are radically reforming their ways of working. Creating person-centred organisations by Stephen Stirk and Helen Sanderson (published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers) is a useful guide for organisations looking to become more person-centred in their approaches.

Stirk and Sanderson cover a variety of issues including how to create a culture within your organisation that promotes person-centred views, how to have an organisation that has a “bottom up” approach to services and how to foster a culture of teamwork.

The authors offer practical guidance, helped by the fact one of them is a director at a social care charity that has gone through a lot of issues discussed. The text gives practical tips on how to manage challenges such as risk, quality and leadership and offers a variety of easy to understand exercises to use within your team.

While grappling with complex issues, the language used throughout the text is detailed but easy to understand and the points made are logical. This allows the reader, even without any prior experience in the area, to have an understanding of what it means to have a person-centred organisation and what it takes to create one. The book also makes excellent use of diagrams, tables and metaphors to convey key points.

All in all, I found this book an excellent, practical and readable resource for anyone wishing to promote personalisation within their organisation.

Brid Joy is a social worker based in a mental health team. She has previously worked in adult protection and community care for older adults. Brid is currently completing a PhD in mental health.  

About Andy McNicoll

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