Realistic medicine, shared decision-making & informed consent

A one day interactive workshop for Senior Clinicians and Senior Managers.

The ‘Montgomery Case’ in March 2015 set a legal precedent that a patient expertise is valued equally to the expertise of professionals in clinical decision making.  Scotland’s Chief Medical Officers’ calls for clinicians to practice Realistic Medicine including talking about the risks, benefits and value of treatment and care options.

Healthcare professionals need to facilitate and support increasingly complex shared decision-making with patients and families.  Participants will work in a small peer group on simulated scenarios drawn from challenging situations brought from their own work settings that relate to shared decision-making

Learning outcomes

Workshop participants will:

  • Review their current practice in communication about treatment related decision-making and consent

Working together, they will practise more effective ways to:

  • Communicate information about risk clearly and effectively with a wide range of patients and families.
  • Communicate the benefits and limitations of treatment in a balanced way.
  • Manage patients and families who have unrealistic expectations of treatment and outcomes.
  • Use decision aids to support effective communication and complex shared decision-making (see Resources).
  • Respond to complaints about clinical decision-making and consent.

Where to apply for a place (examples):

NHS Lothian

NHS Borders

NHS Fife