Person Centred Planning (PCP)

Extracts taken from the Helen Sanderson Associates website


Person Centred Planning is a way of asking what people want, the support they need and how they can get it. It assists people in leading an independent and inclusive life. When Person Centred Planning is combined with an upfront allocation of money (a personal budget), it is called support planning. Together, Person Centred Planning and support planning are practical ways to deliver personalised services and self-directed support.


Person Centred Planning is a practical way for people to have choice and control in their lives. It is not a magic bullet for everything that needs to be changed in people's lives or in services, nor is it just a new set of tools and techniques. Person Centred Planning is a philosophy and an approach that is rooted in citizenship and empowerment. Person Centred Planning focuses immediately on the positive aspects of a person's life rather than assessing what they cannot do. The deficiency led assessment is so deeply entrenched in policies, procedures and resource allocating models in health and social care that it can both diminish the humanity of its "clients" and undermine their ability to make a contribution both to their own welfare and to the wider community.


Often families and individuals feel "assessed to death", yet discover that this leads to no practical help at all or to the allocation of a service which at best approximates the help required. This can be profoundly disempowering. Focusing on the person's strengths, passions, interests and the things that others like and admire about them provides a tremendous starting point for a co-productive relationship.