Person centred planning in Hampshire: supporting people with complex communication needs
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Person centred planning in Hampshire: supporting people with complex communication needs

Gwen Moulster Corporate Associate Director, Nursing, Hampshire Partnership NHS Trust, Hampshire County Council
Phillip Amey Person Centred Planning Coordinator, C of E Curate, Diocese of Portsmouth, Hampshire County Council
Kate Gregson Social Worker, Hampshire County Council, Hampshire County Council
Mandy Johnson Social Worker, Hampshire County Council, Hampshire County Council
Martin Nobbs Person Centred Development Officer Hampshire County Council, Hampshire County Council

In this article, the fifth in a series by the Hampshire person-centred planning team, Gwen Moulster and colleagues explore how person-centred planning with people who have profound and multiple disabilities could contribute to imaginative staff selection processes

Attempting to involve people with profound and multiple disabilities in staff selection has always presented a challenge. In many services, recruitment decisions have been made with no service user or advocacy involvement, and very little family input. This is particularly true of services that support people with complex communication needs. Because person-centred planning (PCP) can make it easier to identify users’ preferences, it can also provide useful information when recruiting and selecting staff.

Learning Disability Practice. 10, 1,16-20. doi: 10.7748/ldp.10.1.16.s11

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