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Cambridge Personal Styles

About the CPSQ

The Cambridge Personal Styles Questionnaire (CPSQ) assesses a range of personal styles of behaving. These personal styles have been identified in liaison with healthcare staff, supporting values based recruitment.


CPSQ can be used to:

  • assist in selection where there are large numbers of applicants

  • determine whether an applicant’s values and behaviours align with the NHS values

  • identify areas for development

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Why Use CPSQ?

  • A standardised assessment fair to all applicants - CPSQ provides a transparent method of assessing values and behaviours, in a standard format suitable for large numbers of applicants. All your applicants are asked the same questions, in the same way, and scoring is objective.

  • Reporting tailored to the healthcare sector - The CPSQ competency-based report shows the respondent’s score for seven entry-level healthcare competencies, which are aligned with NHS values.


  • More accurate results - unlike most other personality assessments, CPSQ uses a combined rating and ranking format, ensuring a high level of reliability and validity. It is based on the well-researched five factor model of personality.


  • Rigorous development - CPSQ was developed through a 4-year trial with healthcare organisations, including schools of nursing and medical faculties.

What Does it Measure?

The CPSQ report maps an individual’s personal styles to the following competencies relevant to healthcare roles:


  • Caring and Compassion

  • Person-centred Communication

  • Coping with Demands

  • Engagement with Learning

  • Safe Practice

  • Self-management

  • Working Well with Others

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