Helen Sanderson

Helen Sanderson is a leading thinker and practitioner in delivering personalisation through person-centred practices. This practical, evidence-based approach has been implemented by health and social care providers internationally to put the concept of personalisation into everyday practice.

She co-authored the Department of Health's good practice guidance on person-centred thinking and planning to implement Putting People First (2007) and Valuing People (2009). Helen is a prolific writer, tweeter and blogger and to-date has written or co-written 15 books. She co-authored the first book on person-centred planning in the UK, the result of three years research for The Joseph Rowntree Foundation. Most recently she has co-authored Creating Person-Centred Organisations and A Practical Guide to Delivering Personalisation - Person-Centred Practice in Health and Social Care, both published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

Helen leads the international development agency Helen Sanderson Associates (HSA), where she works with providers of social care, education and health services to help organisations undertake the sustained cultural shift required to achieve personalisation. As well as using already established tools, Helen and H.S.A have developed new processes including One-Page Profiles, Person-Centred Reviews and Working Together for Change.

Helen Sanderson has a PhD in Person-centred Planning and Organisational Change and 25 years experience working in health and social care. Helen and H S A have won several awards including a National Training Award and a Laing Buisson award for Personalisation. Helen Sanderson Associates was one of the founding partners of the national charity, In Control, and has developed approaches to support planning for personal budgets. In addition to her work with Helen Sanderson Associates, she is a director at the Groundswell Partnership; chair of the H S A Foundation and Director Emetrius of the international Learning Community for Person-centred Practices.

Helen lives in Heaton Moor, Greater Manchester, with her husband and three daughters together with a dog, cats and hens. She is a black belt in karate and enjoys yoga and the occasional single malt whiskey.