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Collaboration in Person-Centred Care in Focus at Ulster

3 September 2013

Professor Brendan McCormack, Director, Institute of Nursing and Health Research, Professor Deirdre Heenan, PVC (Communication) and Provost (Coleraine and Magee) and Gillian McCorkell, Western Health and Social Care Trust, pictured at the opening of the 'Celebrating Collaboration in Person-centred Care' conference, at Ulster's Magee campus

Nurses and health care practitioners from across Northern Ireland converged on the University of Ulster’s Magee campus today for a conference celebrating collaboration in person-centred care.

Organised by the Institute of Nursing and Health Research, the one-day event highlighted a wide range of developments in person-centred practice with the aim of improving the quality of care provided to patients and their families.

A person-centred approach to nursing focuses on creating a culture of compassionate care, whereby the individual’s personal needs, wants, desires and goals are central to the care and nursing process.

With a strong tradition of national and international leadership in the field of person-centred practice, the Institute has established the Person-centred Practice Research Centre (PcPRC).

The work of the PcPRC, which was showcased at the conference, is divided into three strands; Methodology Development, Person-centred Practice Development and Provision of Care to Older People.

Professor Brendan McCormack, Director of the Institute of Nursing and Health Research at Ulster, said: “Members of the Person-centred Practice Research Centre are proud of the strong long-standing collaborative relationships we have with our colleagues in Health and Social Care Trusts, as well as in the private and voluntary sectors.

“In addition to a number of jointly-funded positions dedicated to advancing quality for service users through systematic and rigorous research and practice development, we have a range of projects in progress that illustrate the strength of our partnership working.

“This conference showcases a selection of these and demonstrates our shared vision for advancing knowledge and expertise in person-centred practice.”

For further details on the work of the Person-centred Practice Research Centre visit:

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