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 ⇒ Level 3 Diploma in Adult Care ⇒ Level 3 Diploma Optional Units ⇒ Unit 319 Understand person-centred thinking and planning ⇒ 2.4 Explain what a person-centred team is

2.4 Explain what a person-centred team is

Qualification: Level 3 Diploma in Adult Care Optional Units
Unit: Unit 319 Understand person-centred thinking and planning
Learning outcome: 2 Understand the context within which person-centred thinking and planning takes place
Assessment criteria: 2.4 Explain what a person-centred team is

  • Definition: A person-centred team is a group of care professionals who place the individual receiving care at the heart of all decision-making, planning, and action. They work collaboratively to ensure that the care and support provided are fully aligned with the individual’s preferences, needs, and aspirations.
  • Characteristics:
    • Holistic Approach: Members view and support the individual’s well-being in a holistic manner, considering physical, emotional, social, and spiritual needs.
    • Shared Values: The team shares a commitment to respecting the dignity, rights, and individuality of the people they support.
    • Active Listening: Prioritises understanding the voice of the individual, ensuring their desires and concerns directly influence care planning and delivery.
    • Flexible and Responsive: Demonstrates adaptability to the changing needs and preferences of individuals, adjusting care plans as necessary.
    • Collaborative Working: Involves multidisciplinary collaboration, both within the team and with external partners, to provide comprehensive support.
    • Empowerment Focus: Aims to empower individuals to make their own choices and be active participants in their care and life decisions.
    • Continuous Learning: Engages in ongoing learning and reflection to improve practice, based on feedback from individuals, families, and team evaluations.
    • Inclusive Communication: Ensures clear, open, and inclusive communication among team members, with the individual, and their family or carers.
    • Outcome-Oriented: Measures success by the satisfaction and outcomes achieved by the individuals they support, rather than solely by service delivery metrics.
    • Respect for Autonomy: Upholds the individual’s right to autonomy, supporting informed decision-making and risk-taking within a framework of safety and support.
  • Purpose:
    • To ensure that care and support services are tailored to the unique needs and goals of each individual, promoting their independence, well-being, and quality of life.
    • To foster a supportive and respectful environment that encourages personal growth, recovery, and fulfillment for individuals receiving care.
  • A person-centred team embodies these principles and practices in their daily work, striving to create a supportive, empowering, and responsive care environment that respects and values the individuality of each person they support.

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