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Building on the internationally recognised Person-centred Nursing Framework and Person-centred Practice Frameworks (McCormack & McCance, 2019), this research theme has achieved global recognition for developing person-centred practice and education through participatory research methods and designing approaches to evaluating person-centredness across multiple contexts.


Programmes of work in this area include:

Developing and Evidencing Person-centred Practice

This programme focuses on instrument development and testing as a means of measuring person-centred outcomes. It also includes the implementation of a set of person-centred nursing key performance indicators to demonstrate the unique contribution of nursing to the patient experience.

Current Projects

Co-producing and Implementing Person-centredness in Cancer Nursing (CIP-CAN)

This study explores the impact of person-centered nursing KPIs in supporting the development of person-centred care across ambulatory chemotherapy units in Northern Ireland.

Development of the Person-centred Practice Inventory for Service Users (PCPI-SU)

This project, conducted in partnership with the ICoP, aims to develop a psychometrically tested version of the Person-centred Practice Inventory appropriate to service users.

Recording Care through the PACE Framework: Research Evaluation of an Innovative Approach to Person-centred Care Planning

This project evaluates the impact of an innovative approach to planning nursing care (referred to as the PACE Framework) on the development of person-centred practice.

Person-centredness in the Curriculum

This is a growing research area which uses pedagogic research to examine the application of the Person-centred Practice Framework to education settings with the overall aim of enhancing person-centred care.

Four textbooks have been published by members of this research group.

Cook, N.F., Shepherd, A., Boore, J.R.P. and Dunleavy, S. (2019). Essentials of Pathophysiology for Nursing Practice. London: Sage. and Cook, N.F., Shepherd, A., Boore, J.R.P. and Dunleavy, S. (2019). The Nurse’s Anatomy, Physiology and Pathophysiology Glossary. London: Sage.

The 2017 publication The Nurse’s Anatomy and Physiology Colouring Book is currently the 3rd bestselling nursing text book of any category in the UK.

The 2016 publication Essentials of Anatomy and Physiology for Nurses is the second bestselling anatomy and physiology text book in the UK.

Using a regional approach, the Framework for Practice Learning (a model stemming aligned Person-Centred Nursing Framework) has been adopted by the Nursing and Midwifery Council to underpin their approved nursing education programmes within Northern Ireland.

We’re part of the Person-centred Practice Research International Community of Practice’ (PCPR-ICoP), an international collaboration with partners from the United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, Netherlands, Austria, Norway, Switzerland and Australia.

The PCPR-ICoP is a formal collaborative focused on advancing knowledge, skills and expertise in person centred practice, practice development and research.  The work of the PCPR-ICoP includes practice development schools, an online journal, conferences and symposia.

We also work with the European Association of Neuroscience Nurses (EANN) and British Association of Neuroscience Nurses to undertake educationally focused studies in partnership with University of Salford, New Bucks University and the World Federation of Neuroscience Nurses.