Person Centred Nursing Care Planning

In November 2014 key individuals within HSC Trusts met to discuss the way forward for recording nurse care plans in Northern Ireland. Actions underpinning this discussion included: improvement work over the previous two years; a literature review; and data following a test piloting of a new model of care planning in two trusts.

At this meeting it was apparent that the current system of planning nursing care was not ‘fit for purpose’ and did not reflect person centred approaches. It was agreed that broad principles should be used to produce a model of planning nursing care for Northern Ireland indicating that:

  • Protocols/standard operating procedures for evidence based care should not be used within plans of care in nursing records
  • Nursing care plans should represent a clear description of the person’s journey through a service, reflecting their involvement, and a record of evaluation of the care planned against assessed need to an agreed goal of nursing care.
  • Any approach described should demonstrate consideration of new technologies and utility for e-records.

Following approval by the Chief Nursing Officer and Executive Directors of Nursing including the Chief Executive of NIPEC, a project work stream under the objectives of the recording care project was agreed.

Achievements to date:

  • Care Planning Summit January 2015
  • Development meetings with Frontline staff to produce PACE framework June – August 2015
  • Small Scale Pilot of New Approach September 2015
  • Presentation of Evaluation of Small Scale Pilot to Chief Nursing Officer and Executive Nurses November 2015
  • Medium scale testing pilot Spring 2016
  • Presentation of Evaluation of Pilot to Chief Nursing Officer and Executive Nurse July 2016
  • Development of the PACE models

To view the Action Notes of the PACE Facilitators Meetings by clicking on the link on the right hand side menu.

Further information about PACE can be found on the Recording Care microsite here


NIPEC Officers managing this Project