Person centred care can be viewed in many different aspects. The eight key principles of nursing practice found by the Royal College of Nursing (2011) include, dignity, responsibility, safety, choice, communication, skills, teamwork and being able to influence in a positive way. Although Nolan (2001) argued that concepts of successful ageing, health-related quality of life and person centred care overvalue autonomy and independence, which are values which may disadvantage the older generation in society. Also despite research by Davies et al (1999) indicating differences between patient and staff views, the aspects of person centred care identified in Corring and Cook’s (1999) study are very consistent with the principles of person centred practice identified in the majority of the literature reviewed.
For the purpose of this assignment I will explore two of the key principles of nursing practice in depth whilst illustrating examples of how I have implemented person centred care whilst being on placement.
There are many definitions of person centred health care in the literature.
This can be seen by The Victorian Department of Human Services (2003) as they define person centred care as ‘the treatment and care provided by health services that places the person at the centre of their own care and considers the needs of the older person’s carers’.
Then again, Brooker (2009) also defines person centred care as treating people as an individual, regardless of any disability or illness the person may have and also to be able to view the world from the individuals perspective, taking into account their disability or illness which they may have.
The overriding idea of person