Sorting important to/for

The fundamental person-centred thinking skill is to separate what is important to someone from what is important for them, and to find a balance between the two. We then summarise this information on a one-page profile.

Historically, services have just focused on what is important for them, to keep people healthy and safe. Working in a person-centred way requires that we see the person first – what matters to them, not just what the matter is with them. We need to learn both what is important to the person and what is important for them, and find the balance that works for them. This is then recorded on a one-page profile.


Use it now:

You can download a PDF of the ‘Sorting Important To/For’ tool here to see how it looks, or start using one today with this free template.

Learn more:

You can learn more about the person-centred thinking tools through our online learning website,

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One-page profiles

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