Centre for Person-centred Practice Research

“Aiming to be a world-leading centre for research and development in person-centred practice with a focus on innovative new knowledge in nursing and healthcare.”

The Centre for Person-centred Practice Research (CPcPR) aims to be a world leading centre for research and development in person-centred practice with a focus on innovative new knowledge in nursing and healthcare.

Our Research and Scholarship

The centre has an interdisciplinary research and development focus that is leading edge. We have a focus on doing research that ‘humanises healthcare’ by keeping the person at the centre of care, as well as promoting new methodologies for person-centred research and that influence international developments in this field. Ultimately, our research work aims to enhance people’s experiences of care and wellbeing, making a difference to people’s lives locally, nationally and internationally.

Our aims are to:

• Build on our existing strengths to establish a programme of interdisciplinary research and development that is leading edge, innovative and coherent;

• Be recognised as a world leader in the generation of new knowledge that ‘humanises healthcare’;

• Lead the development of new methodologies for undertaking person-centred research;

• Influence international developments in this field;

• Be at the forefront of developments in caring sciences and new models of care delivery that keep the person at the centre;

• Have global impact on the way that nursing and healthcare services are delivered in general, but in particular, vulnerable groups (e.g. those people living with dementia);

• Continue to grow academics and scholars who are committed to person centredness and person-centred research and who themselves will have global impact;

• Be part of an international community of scholars who are committed to person-centred interdisciplinary research and development.

We are keen to develop a wide range of collaborations and warmly welcome approaches from individuals and groups who would like to find out more about our research.

We have four pillars of research. Central to these is ensuring that our research impacts on the way nursing and healthcare services are delivered and in particular, on the lives of vulnerable persons and groups (e.g. persons living with dementia, persons living with long-term conditions).

Our four pillars of research:

• Care of older persons and dementia care

• Care of persons with palliative and/or end of life care needs

• Care of persons with long term conditions

• Public health care

Capacity and capability building for the longer term within our research field is an important focus for our work as we continue to nurture academics and scholars who are committed to person-centredness and person-centred research and who themselves will have global impact. As part of this we have a thriving community of international doctoral research students all connected by the theme of person-centredness.

Our Impact

Our demonstrable contribution to society and the economy will be shown in a variety of contexts from collecting and collating evidence that shows how our work has an impact on strategy, policy, practice and education in healthcare nationally and internationally.

We are highly committed to knowledge exchange and Centre members are at the forefront of developments in this field in healthcare through models of ‘implementation science’. We are continuing to build on this expertise and formalise it wherever possible through KTPs and other sources of partnership funding.

We expect our impact to feature in improved care and work environments, more effective teamworking, enhanced patient experience and workplace cultural advances, as well as the creation and application of government and other stakeholders’ policy.

Postgraduate Study

The Centre for Person-centred Practice Research (CPcPR) has a focus on research that enhances service users (patients, residents, clients) experiences of care across a variety of care settings.  

We are particularly interested in research that makes a difference to the lives of people who experience health and social care services, as well as those who provide these services.

Person-centredness is a concept that is focused on placing ‘the person' at the heart of decision-making and to do that effectively requires a commitment to understanding how the context of care impacts on individual, team and organisational experience.

Researchers in the CPcRC have extensive expertise in a variety of methodologies that are participatory, collaborative and inclusive in nature and enable real change to happen in practice.  

We especially welcome applications for research that involves collaboration with practitioners, policy-makers and other research users in the fields of gerontology, dementia care, public health, long-term conditions and palliative/end of life care.

Initial enquiries can be made to the Director, Professor Jan Dewing, or to individual members of the Centre who are engaged in the relevant area of research.

Useful Links:

Graduate School
Posgraduate Taught Study

International Community of Practice (iCOP)


The International Community of Practice for Person-centred Practice (ICoP) is an international community of academics who are interested in advancing knowledge in the field. It is hosted by Queen Margaret University.

Partners come from Ulster University; Fontys University of Applied Science, The Netherlands; The University College of South-East Norway; Bergen University College, Norway and University of Technology/Sydney Australia. The ICoP supports collaborative publications and research proposals as well as a community of practice for doctoral students who are studying aspects of person-centredness (The SICoP).

All such studies, and other research studies conducted by the Centre, are intended to produce findings that are directly applicable for the benefit of research users.

Professor Jan Dewing

Centre Director
Tel: 0131 474 0000

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