100 ‘One Page Profiles’ and their stories

one page profiles

Person centred planning was placed at the heart of policy for services to people with learning disabilities in the 2001 White Paper, Valuing People. This approach to planning has been developed into a broader approach to personalisation throughout the system. One of the tools developed to help is the ‘one page profile’.

Often there is a huge amount of information amassed about a person in receipt of services but a one-page profile can capture the important information about a person on a single sheet of paper. The profiles will include what is important to the person, what people appreciate about them, and how they want to be supported.

In the short time since they have been developed, there have been a significant number of organisations that have seen the value and power of the tool to empower people.

Helen Sanderson Associates  and The Learning Community for Person-Centred Practices  have recently created a website where people who are using the profiles are sharing their stories.

The site shares 100 stories of how people have used profiles to change their lives. There is also a template and help for you to create your own.

100 One Page Profiles and their stories; from birth to end of life

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John Northfield

After qualifying as a social worker, John worked in community learning disability teams before getting involved in a number of long-stay hospital closure programmes, working to develop individual plans for people moving into their own homes. He worked for BILD, helping to develop the Quality Network and was editorial lead for the NHS electronic library learning disabilities specialist collection. This led him to found the Learning Disabilities Elf site with Andre Tomlin as a way of making the evidence accessible to practitioners in health and social care. Most recently he has worked as part of Mencap's national quality team and also been involved in a number of national website developments, including the General Medical Council's learning disabilities site.

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