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Person-centred Collaborative Operational Group

The Person-centred Collaborative Operational Group (Pc-COG) at Ulster University is a team of six full-time academics with developed expertise in person-centredness over a sixteen-year period. As part of Ulster’s School of Nursing and Paramedic Science (SON&PS), comprising 170 staff, they support a diverse portfolio of healthcare programmes across three campuses and online.
Ulster University

Initiated and led by academics from Ulster University, person-centred practice is recognised internationally as a superior model of healthcare. It is underpinned by philosophical and theoretical principles that privilege the voices and enhances the experiences of all those engaged in healthcare, including people in need of care, their family/carers, healthcare professionals and students. Through rich collaborative working, the Pc-COG led the design and delivery of a sustained programme of curriculum innovation. Acting as role models and change agents for person-centred curricula and healthcare practice has resulted in the SON&PS being ranked first in Ireland and seventh in the UK (Times 2023).

Currently, 2,200 undergraduate and postgraduate students are enrolled across 38 programmes (14 of which are professionally regulated) and around 8,500 international nurses are assessed at Ulster University's national Competency Test Centre. Their vision is to prepare and develop world-class nurses and paramedics. Their students have agency in leading and delivering person-centred practice across multiple healthcare settings.

Ulster University is world-leading in person-centred curriculum and research development. This is achieved through working collaboratively to provide educational opportunities to advance knowledge and expertise in person-centred practice, including translating activities into undergraduate and postgraduate healthcare curricula. The Pc-COG has developed sustained relationships with partners who encompass academics, students, professionals with education roles across healthcare settings, and those holding strategic positions influencing healthcare curricula and workforce planning.

Developing a growing body of evidence is central to their progressive approach to curriculum design and delivery. Working collaboratively, they continuously generate new knowledge and share initiatives to enhance student learning, drive policy change, and impact on the healthcare workforce. The Pc-COG's combined influence locally, nationally and internationally enables them to reach out and influence the development of person-centred healthcare professionals with the knowledge and skills to practice in person-centred ways.

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