Common core principles

A male care worker talking to a man who needs care and support in his home

Our common core principles can be used to support the development of people working in care.

The principles focus on the key values, attitudes, skills and knowledge required to provide the best care possible.

We’ve developed them around a range of topics.

Self care

These principles underpin how we need to think and act to deliver excellent health and social care.

The principles support making personalised services a reality. They put people at the centre of the planning process, and recognise that they are best placed to understand their own needs and how to meet them.


Dignity is key to how people are supported. These principles give guidance and practical tools for understanding how to place dignity at the very centre of quality care and support services. 

They can be used to support good practice across difference settings.

Equality and diversity

These principles provide a framework to support leaders in adult social care to consistently make sure that equality and diversity issues are central to strategic decision-making and embedded at all levels of their organisations.

Working with carers

These principles describe the behaviours carers would like to see when professionals are working with them.

They provide a base for good practice and training for care staff.

Mental health and wellbeing

These principles provide a basis for a general understanding of promoting good mental health and recognising signs of poor mental health among everyone who needs care and support.


These principles support the social care and health workforce in caring for people who are living with dementia.

They are relevant to every setting and provide a basis for a general understanding of people with dementia.

End of life care

How people are supported at the end of their lives is very important. These principles are for people working with adults at the end of their life. They help to define the additional knowledge and competences needed when supporting someone who is dying.

We developed them in partnership with Skills for Health.