Realistic medicine, shared decision-making & informed consent

Workshop for senior doctors and senior clinical managers

Date: 30th January 2020 (FULLY BOOKED) – Please complete the form below if you want to be put on our waiting list.

Venue: Seminar Room 2, Chancellors’ Building, Royal Infirmary

Fee: £165 (£110 for non-medical staff; £220 for staff not employed by NHS Lothian)

Workshop overview

The ‘Montgomery Case’ in March 2015 set a legal precedent that patient expertise is valued equally to the expertise of professionals in clinical decision-making. Scotland’s Chief Medical Officer’s 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.

Pre-workshop preparation

Workshop participants have found it useful to think about how they currently communicate and what situations are particularly challenging.  As the workshop is based on participants’ own situations we will be asking what you would like to work on.

  • Pre-workshop information is available for participants on our secure EC4H Workshops website.You will receive a link to and a password to allow you to access more information and resources for your workshop about 2 weeks before the workshop. Occasionally emails end up in spam so please check for this and contact us if you do not receive your login.
  • We will ask you to complete an online, pre-workshop evaluation – please do this as soon as possible as we use this information to plan your workshop
  • Booking – Application Form

    • The workshop fee includes lunch, morning and afternoon refreshments and a copy of the EC4H workshop book.
    • Applicants must complete the payment section on the application form when they submit it.
    • You will be informed by email when your application has been received and a place has been booked for you; usually within 14 days.
    • Our administrator will request payment 28 days before the workshop; cancellations within 2 weeks of the workshop will be charged.
      We can accept personal cheques which will be cashed shortly after the workshop.
    • Workshop fees are not refundable but your place can be transferred to a colleague. We do all we can to avoid cancelling workshops but if this is necessary, we will offer you an alternative workshop