The Research Centre for Transcultural Studies in Health aims to enable the development of health and social care professionals and services to deliver culturally competent and compassionate care that ultimately ensures high-quality care for all.

Formed in 1995, this multi-disciplinary centre brings together health and social care professionals from around the world to research, develop tools, share and exchange knowledge, in order to promote and continually enhance the understanding and delivery of culturally competent and compassionate care.

The Centre organises much of its work on a model which its founder developed in the mid-1990s. The model, formally known as the ‘Papadopoulos, Tilki and Taylor (PTT) model for Transcultural Health and Cultural Competence’ consists of four key constructs: cultural awareness, cultural knowledge, cultural sensitivity and cultural competence. In 2006, Papadopoulos revised the PTT model and added its conceptual and theoretical underpinnings.

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What is cultural competence?

The Papadopoulos, Tilki & Taylor model of transcultural health and cultural competence (1998, 2006)

Cultural competence is the capacity to provide effective healthcare taking into consideration people’s cultural beliefs, behaviours and needs.

Cultural competence is both a process and an output and results from the synthesis of knowledge and skills which we acquire during our personal and professional lives and to which we are constantly adding.