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Person-centred Practice


Vision for the PcPRC is to be a world-leading centre in research and development that has as its focus the enhancement of knowledge and expertise in person-centred practice.
We will do this as a team by -

  1. Providing safe, supportive and challenging thinking spaces
  2. Working openly
  3. Keeping practice at the core of our work
  4. Valuing individual strengths, experiences and commitments
  5. Nurturing newness and individual development
  6. Celebrating achievements

With our partners we will -

  1. Have a clear purpose
  2. Work collaboratively
  3. Value reciprocity
  4. Share expertise
  5. Deliver outcomes
  6. Celebrate success

Our Strategic Objectives

  1. Ensure that the activities of the PCPRC are practice focussed
  2. Continue to grow local, national and international collaborations
  3. Achieve at least 6 high quality international peer-reviewed publications each year
  4. Submit at least 4 research grants each year and generate income from other sources
  5. Further develop our reputation in academic enterprise
  6. Capitalise on the expertise of visiting scholars linked with the Centre
  7. Develop a collaborative and participatory framework for doctoral students who will work with the Centre
  8. Provide education and learning opportunities for advancing knowledge and expertise in person-centred practice (including the translation of PcPRC activities into pre and post registration nursing curricula)
  9. Promote the PcPRC and publicise its activities


Person-centred Practice Research Centre: Work Strands

Our research and development themes integrate our combined expertise in gerontological nursing/practice, person-centred practice and practice development/participatory research methodologies.  We work with our collaborators to develop research topics, research proposals and key agendas for practice development.


Caring for older people and their families

Leader: Dr Assumpta Ryan

  • Focuses on family caregiving, entry to long-term care, leadership support and practice development in care homes, domiciliary and community care for older people, dementia and the use of technology to support older people and their carers.  

  • Works collaboratively with internal and external individuals, research centres and organisations to improve the quality of care provided to older people and their families. 

Person-centred practice development

Leader: Prof Tanya McCance

  • Focuses on implementation studies in collaboration with partner organisations for the purposes of promoting person-centredness in practice
  • Developing and testing methodological approaches in this area

Methodology Development

  • Focuses on practice development research, action research and practitioner inquiry across a variety of clinical specialties
  • Continuing to advance methodologies for participatory research