Leading the way to shared decision making

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This report is a distillation of learning and discussions from a summit hosted by the Health Foundation which identified that, as champion of patient and carer involvement, the NHS Commissioning Board has a critical role to play in making shared decision making the norm.

A consistent message at the summit was that, while the involvement and leadership of all players in the system is essential, there is a critical role for the NHS Commissioning Board in convening, facilitating and modelling change so that shared decision making is adopted across the NHS.

To make this happen, the Board must:

  • engage in the development of a strong narrative for shared decision making
  • inspire others to play their part
  • invest in the development of robust and meaningful measures of patients’ involvement in their own care
  • pro-actively encourage the changes in service provision necessary to meet different expectations.

The report briefly introduces the concept of shared decision making and then looks at each of these four areas of action for the NHS Commissioning Board.

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