Getting to Know You (2013) was created by the following:

Subject expertise and original source content

Helen Sanderson – Consultant and adviser on person-centred practice

Helen Sanderson

Helen Sanderson has been at the forefront of the development of person-centred thinking and planning in the UK for over fifteen years. Her PhD is on person-centred planning and organisational change and she has authored more than fifteen books on this subject area.

Helen's work on person-centred practice includes the following:

  • Being the Department of Health's expert adviser on person-centred approaches to the Valuing People Support and Putting People First Teams
  • Co-authoring the first Department of Health guidance on person-centred planning, and the 2010 guidance 'Personalisation through person-centred planning'
  • Being the primary author of 'People, Plans and Possibilities: exploring person-centred planning' (1997), the first book on person-centred planning in the UK

Helen now leads HSA (Helen Sanderson Associates), and is Vice-Chair of the The Learning Community for Person Centered Practices.


  • In 2009 Helen and HSA won a National Training Award for creating person-centred change within United Response.
  • In 2011 Helen won the Laing and Buisson Award for Personalisation with Steve Scown for their book 'Making it Personal – a providers journey from tradition to transformation'.
  • In 2011 HSA was 'Highly Commended' in the Health Service Journal Awards for their work in managing long-term conditions.

Editorial development and production

Patricia Kearney – Director of Innovation and Development, SCIE

Dr Sarah Carr – former Senior Research Analyst, SCIE

Janet Bellchambers, Script City – Product/script development and project management

Atticmedia – Design, scripts and technical build

SCIE would like to thank the individuals who have contributed their expertise and time to creating this resource:

Andrew Cozens – Chair of the Carers Trust

Sinead Brophy and colleagues – MySupportBroker

Dr Fran Branfield – Co-production Network and Director, Cairn Community Partnerships

Matt Langsford – Co-production Network

Laura Able – Co-production Network

Peter Feldon, Andy Tilden and Maddy Thomson – Skills for Care

The Learning Community for Person Centered Practices (US)

Jaimee Lewis – Think Local, Act Personal (TLAP)

Phil and Kay Shoebridge – for their willingness to help teach other carers and people who use services by agreeing to be filmed completing Phil's profile on camera.

Everyone at Bruce Lodge – for welcoming us into their home and place of work, and allowing us to tell their stories.