As part of a celebration of good practice in health and social care Ali and Katja presented Person-Centred Creativity at the Christmas Care Fayre Gower College on the 18th of November.
Person- Centred Creativity offers creative opportunities in a safe environment where people feel respected, not judged and can be open to express themselves and explore their lives. PCC has been developed over the last 10 years. It uses creativity to improve individuals self–esteem, self-awareness and self–confidence. This approach is now used in a wide range of care settings and we have taught over 300 care staff and managers in the last 18 months.
As part of the presentation we demonstrated how simple creative exercises can encourage self- reflection and open up a dialogue.
PCC links to the following new developments: The introduction of the Social Services and Well-being Act 2014 in Wales calls for ambitious changes in the way services are provided. The emphasis will be on co-production with citizens, a shared collaborative approach to the meeting of individual needs . Well-being is seen as key outcome of delivery. Care plans and assessments will focus on outcomes not outputs. The relationship between the carer and the citizen becomes all important in successful interventions. Person–centred creativity uses fun and sometimes thoughtful activities to promote a sense of identity, and purpose for service users.
We encourage the use of creativity in care planning to create enriched care environments that address the wellbeing of staff as well as those they care for. For years interactions with clients focused on the illness rather than on building on the aspects untouched by illness. The PCC approach is concerned with the individuals strengths and potential not their deficits.
Good mental wellbeing – some people call it happiness – is about more than avoiding mental health problems. It means feeling good and functioning well.
We can all improve our mental wellbeing by getting active, connecting with others, continued learning and by being aware of ourselves and others.
We found that PCC works in many different setting, with different client groups, hospitals, days centre, schools, prisons.
Offering creative opportunities brings people together, teaches new skills, helps them to understand more about themselves and others, and gives us at any stage in our lives something meaningful to do.