Person-centred thinking tools

Person-centred thinking tools help people to think and plan for their life.

What are person-centred thinking tools?

Person-centred thinking tools are a set of easy to use templates that are used to give structure to conversations. Using them is a practical way to capture information that feeds into care and support planning, as well as to improve understanding, communication and relationships.


Explore the tools and download templates

We use the following person-centred thinking tools. Click for more info and templates:

Perfect Week
Sorting important to/for
What’s working/not working
The doughnut
Relationship circle
Presence to contribution
Matching support
Learning log
Good day/bad day
Decision making profile
Decision making agreement
Communication chart
4 plus 1 questions


How we can help you to use person-centred thinking tools

Courses and programmes

You can learn about Person-Centred Thinking Tools through many of our courses and training programmes, including:

Person-centred thinking
Facilitating Person-Centred Reviews
Planning Live
Person-centred risk
Person-Centred Reviews for people with dementia and their families


Online learning

Many of our online learning packages at feature person-centred thinking tools in their content. Visit the website to explore the full range.

Books and publications

Many of our books, including Personalisation in Practice, Person-Centred Thinking with Older People, and A Practical Guide to Personalisation introduce the concepts relevant to Care and Support Planning. You can explore the full range of books at the HSA Online Learning site.

Direct support

We can also offer bespoke organisational support or one-to-one support for people and organisations who want to learn more about person-centred thinking tools. Please contact us for more information.


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