Building on what’s working for a great new year

17 January 2017 | By Amanda George

In this post, Vicky talks about why looking back should be the first step in planning how to move forward.

Have you made any New Year’s resolutions?


Getting fitter?

Eating healthier?

Wanting to achieve something new?

What usually happens? By the end of January, it all gets forgotten. Why? You don’t have the right support, it wasn’t really that important to you, or there were too many barriers in the way.

When working to creating change in our lives, we need to plan properly for our goals to be a success.

For example, getting fitter might mean that we need to find a gym that’s on our way home from work. Eating healthier might be easier if we start ordering our groceries online and are less tempted by the sweets at the checkout.

In this way, we can make our goals more likely to happen if we’ve thought through the reasons why we weren’t achieving them in the first place and planned to mitigate them.

The same applies when helping people to plan their care and support.


Giving structure to the way we think and plan

A person-centred review puts the person at the heart of the review process, and is an example of true co-production in practice. Its structure enables us to really think around a person’s goals with them, so they have the best chance of making the change they want to see in their life and are supported to do so appropriately.

We look at:

  • what’s working and what’s not working in a person’s life right now,
  • what really matters to them,
  • the person’s aspirations, and things they would do if they could,
  • what actions they would like to take to change their life, and
  • what support they need now and in the future to make that happen.

You can learn more about how person-centred reviews work in this animate:

By looking back at a person’s experiences so far, we are able to think around why something wasn’t working already and what might need to change to make it work better.

By creating outcomes based on what really matters to people, we know that we’re focusing our energies in the right places.

Spending time to make sure that we’re planning the right support means that any changes that are decided upon are realistic. This makes them more likely to be a success.

Together, these different elements of a person-centred review mean that we can both set appropriate outcomes and give them the best chance of happening.


How does this influence care and support planning?

There are a number of ways in which this process helps us to improve people’s care and support plans.

  • It’s clear and transparent, so people know what to expect and when
  • It makes sure that people have their say about how they want to live their lives, helps people to think creatively together about the options available to them, not just focussed on the money
  • It can be used to review the care and support plan, making sure that we review and update outcomes and actions based on people’s health, their wellbeing and how they spend their budget
  • It makes sure that all the important people in a person’s life are included in the meeting and in taking outcomes forward.

There are also some further reasons that person-centred reviews are ideal for children and young people:

  • The process complies with all statutory requirements, so it can also integrate with other statutory planning documentation such as an EHC Plan (in England) or Individual Development Plan (in Wales). It can be used to transfer information from a ‘statement of need’ to either of these documents.
  • It keeps the child’s voice at the centre of planning and delivery
  • It focuses on aspirations and outcomes and takes a holistic approach; looking at education, moving on to employment, living independently, friends, relationships and community, health and wellbeing – not just educational targets


Making 2017 a real success

A New Year is typically a time when people like to think about their goals and plans. This year, if you’re thinking about how better to support someone to achieve their outcomes, talk to them about what worked and didn’t work in 2016. Consider whether a person-centred review might be the best way of taking this forward. In doing so, you could be setting them up with the foundations to create the change they really want to see in their life in the year ahead.


Learn more

Helen Sanderson Associates new online learning package can teach you about person-centred reviews for only £49, with bulk discounts available. We’re also offering an extended version, with three interactive webinar sessions, for £95. Click here to find out more.

We also offer face-to-face courses, and a programme for people who would like to become Accredited Trainers in one-page profiles and person-centred reviews.


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