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Mental Health and Learning Disabilities

10 essential shared capabilties supporting person centred approaches

The 10 ESCs learning has been previously widely disseminated in mental health services in Scotland and this version of the learning resource builds on the successes of the original mental health learning resource. It has been developed to reflect the evolving policy and legislative context driving improvements in person centred care in Scotland, and the increasing influence of values, rights based and personal outcomes approaches to practice.


The 10 Essential Capabilities learning explored in the resource are:

1. Working in partnership

2. Respecting diversity

3. Practising ethically

4. Challenging inequality

5. Promoting recovery, well-being and self-management

6. Identifying people's needs and strengths

7. Providing person-centred care

8. Making a difference

9. Promoting safety and risk enablement

10. Personal development and learning

This learning resource will support implementation of: the quality ambition of person centeredness central to the Healthcare Quality Strategy for NHSScotland; Scotland's human rights-based legislation; Caring Together the Carers Strategies for Scotland; and the Patient Rights (Scotland) Act 2011, emphasising the health care principles underpinning the Act.


Modules in the resource explore and enable learning about number of issues including:

  • The 10 Essential Shared Capabilities (ESCs) and how they apply to practice
  • Values-based practice
  • Involving people
  • Equality and diversity - respecting difference
  • Inclusion, assets and outcome-focused practice

The materials are relevant to people in all roles and settings who are involved in health work. The focus is on practical applications of the ESCs and reflective practice. Each module includes links to further learning for people who choose to explore issues in greater depth.


The resource is set out in seperate modules which can be selected from the Useful Links section below.

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Further information on Publications:

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