International Community of Practice

The International Community of Practice for Person-centred Practice (PcP ICoP) is an international community, mainly of academics who are interested in advancing knowledge in the field of person-centred practice. Note here that ‘practice’ is taken as being in any field: care, education, research, management, policy and so on. The ICoP is hosted by Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh and co-ordinated by Professor Brendan McCormack.

The ICoP co-ordinates a programme of research and scholarship, and supports collaborative publications and presentations as well as a thriving community of practice for doctoral students who are studying aspects of person-centredness – the SICoP. Each of the partner organisations is engaged in teaching/learning, research and scholarship activities connected to person-centred practice.

A particular focus of the work of the PcP-ICoP has been the positioning of person-centred theory, practice and principles in curricula. While there is increasing evidence of person-centred curricula emerging in different academic institutions and organisations committed to continuous professional development, its application is largely sporadic, inconsistent in approach and operating at varying degrees of explicitness in terms of the representation of person-centred concepts, theories and principles.

To this end, the PcP-ICOP convened two colloquia focusing on person-centredness in the curriculum, the aims of which were to:

1. Share learning from existing curriculum developments

2. Consider the state of the evidence underpinning person-centredness in curricula internationally

3. Develop a shared understanding of person-centred curricula

4. Identify core principles to underpin person-centred curricula

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