A new collaborative, made up of the UK’s leading healthcare organisations including the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), has set out plans that will help get patients more involved in decisions about their care.
Called the ‘Shared Decision Making Collaborative’, the group of organisations made up of NICE, NHS England, the General Medical Council, professional bodies, patient organisations and universities, will work together to ensure shared decisions about care become a reality in everyday clinical practice.
A consensus statement and action plan outlines each organisation’s intentions and commitments to promote a move away from paternal medicine, so that care is delivered with the patient, not at the patient.
As part of the collaborative, NICE will look at its guidance to identify points in a clinical pathway where a decision about care needs to be made. Evidence to support that decision will be made available to both the patient and health care professional.
Tools to help patients make a decision, such as options grids or patient decision aids, will also be embedded into existing guidance.
The General Medical Council has said it will incorporate shared decision making into its professional capabilities framework – a framework which sets out the knowledge, skills and behaviours that doctors need.
To find out more about the Shared Decision Making Collaborative and its work, read David Haslam, Chair of NICE’s blog on shared decision making, read the news story or follow the conversation on Twitter at #sharethecare.