Person Centred Approach to Care

At Stanfield Nursing Home we ensure that all of our employees are equipped with the skills they need to do their job effectively. This is why we insist that our staff complete a course on Malignant Social Psychology, delivered by DC training. The aim of the course is to develop our staff’s understanding of Malignant Social Psychology and to highlight the importance of a person centred approach to the care of those living with dementia.

“Our care home staff training courses are clear, interesting, and very informative”

The Training at Stanfield draws upon the work and research developed by Tim Kitwood at Bradford University into Malignant Social Psychology. During the course our staff develop a clear understanding of Malignant Social Psychology (MSP) and how it may be addressed in every day practice. The research, conducted by Kitwood, recognises the importance of person centred care for those suffering with dementia. Person centred care values the patient as a whole person and allows them as much autonomy as possible so that they are able to live their lives in the way they want to. This type of care takes into account wider events happening within someone’s life and tailors treatment around them.

“It was a really interesting, relaxed, friendly environment but still very useful and informative. Enjoyable education”

Developing Knowledge

The staff at Stanfield nursing home have well established skills and expertise in their field. However understanding of Dementia is always growing and so it is important to stay up-to-date with this insight. The DC training offers our staff to further develop their knowledge and to update their skills by attending two hour training workshops. To ensure the training is relevant and applicable Staff draw upon their own experiences within the work environment. There is also a valuable opportunity for the sharing of thoughts, feelings and ideas amongst colleagues.

“Increased my confidence in my role with residents”

At the core of the training is the fundamental belief that a person centred approach is a way of ‘being ‘with individuals living with dementia. The emphasis is upon the PERSON rather than the DEMENTIA. By focusing upon experiential learning all trainees have a genuine experience of a person centred way of being that enriches the whole ethos of care at Stanfield.

Our Core Care Philosophy

Care home staff training courses are part of our core care philosophy. If you would like to know more about Stanfield, talk to us at our care home Worcester.  


Tom Kitwood – ‘Dementia Reconsidered’

Dawn Brooker – ‘Person-centred dementia care’

Graham Stokes – ‘Challenging Behaviour in Dementia’

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