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Talking Mats -A Person Centred approach

Talking Mats is at its heart a Person Centred approach and makes this abstract concept real for practitioners and accessible to more people.

The skills we teach in our training are core to its values:

  • Being explicit about the purpose of the conversation
  • Using open questions
  • Affirmation
  • Active Listening
  • Personalising
  • Summarising
  • Clarification
  • Acknowledging that this is the persons view today and it is likely to change with time

‘ To improve the lives of people with communication difficulties by increasing their capacity to communicate effectively about the things that matter to them’

Our  vision statement  matches what is quoted in the introduction of the new Core Skills framework ‘Person-Centred Approaches’ produced by  NHS Health Education England, Skills for Health and Skills for Care


Talking Mats foundation training gives practitioners a tool to turn the values expressed in this powerful document into practice Read how one health authority made this a priority                         http ://

To support your organisation evidence they are using a Person Centred Approach look at our website  or contact