Developing a Person-centred Curriculum Framework: a whole-systems methodology

Brendan McCormack, Ruth Magowan, Deirdre O'Donnell, Amanda Phelan, Gregor Stiglic, Famke Van Lieshout

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This article presents the methodological approach used to develop a Person-centred Curriculum
Framework. A background overview of conceptualisations of curricula and curriculum development
frameworks globally is provided, and critical analysis of these offered. The case for a whole-systems
approach to curriculum development is made, in the context of understanding why such an approach
can enable the building of capacity for person-centred culture development. The methodological
approach derived from the McKinsey’s 7S methodology is presented, including an overview of the
original methodology and its adaptation for the curriculum development work reported on in this
IPDJ Special Issue. The use of this methodological approach in shaping each stage of the development
of the curriculum framework is presented. Finally, a critique of the 7S methodology in terms of its
strengths and weaknesses is discussed, and options for future practice proposed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-11
Number of pages11
JournalInternational Practice Development Journal
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 6 Jul 2022

Bibliographical note

The research reported in this article is part of a programme of work undertaken through an Erasmus+ Key Action 2 project grant (Person-centredness in Healthcare Curricula: Grant Number: 2019-1-UK01-
KA203-061970). The funders had no role in study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish or preparation of the manuscript.


  • curriculum framework
  • person-centred
  • Healthcare education
  • McKinsey 7S
  • whole-system


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