New training resource available for making patients equal partners in their health care choices

Monday, 20 May 2019


A comprehensive training manual has been published that provides the necessary knowledge, tools, and resources to teach Shared Decision Making (SDM) in organisations.
Conversations between healthcare professionals and patients are significantly changing, with teams from across local health boards in Wales embedding Shared Decision Making (SDM) and patient involvement in clinical practice; meaning that patients and professionals are jointly agreeing a care plan, based on the best choice for the patient.
The training manual has been designed to primarily support individuals who:
  • Are willing  to engage and facilitate others to embed SDM across teams and your organisation;
  • Have a significant role in teaching, informing, and supporting others to embed Shared Decision Making in your organisation; and who
  • Have attended  Shared Decision Making ‘Train the Trainer’ training.
Maria Gallagher, Person Centred Care Manager, 1000 Lives Improvement, said:
“Shared Decision Making is about acknowledging that there are two experts in the consulting room - the healthcare professional as an expert in the clinical options and outcomes, and the individual patient as an expert in their lives and situation, their treatment preferences and the outcomes that matter to them. It ensures that patients are equal partners in any decisions about their health.”
Consultant Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist, Aneurin Bevan University Health Board, said:
“SDM - We do it already we heard them say, to which we replied, we can do it better.” ABUHB MSK Physiotherapy SDM training team.
“The conversations that SDM allow us to have with patients is already reaping benefits. Healthcare decisions that matter to our patient population are being made. The SDM training and resources has certainly facilitated this.”
This online training pack gives access to:
  • An introduction to SDM
  • Workshop materials (1 hour, 2 hour, half day, full day)
  • Handouts
  • Links to further SDM resources
Tell us how you’re using the materials in your team? Send your feedback or message us on Twitter: @1000LivesWales using the hashtag #SharedDecisionMaking.
If you haven’t received SDM training but want to learn more about how you can start to use the materials, write to Maria who we will connect you with your health board’s SDM champion.
The training materials have been produced by Cardiff University in association with the Person Centred Care Team within 1000 Lives Improvement.
1000 Lives Improvement is the national quality improvement service for NHS Wales delivered by Public Health Wales. Our aim is to support the NHS to improve outcomes for people using services in Wales. Read about or focus here -