Workshops in NHS Lanarkshire

Realistic medicine, shared decision-making & informed consent –
Workshop for senior doctors and senior clinical managers

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.

Discussing goals of care, CPR and hospital anticipatory care plans

Dates to be confirmed – contact the Programme Coordinator for details.

This is a one day interactive workshop which will use role play simulation to explore effective and supportive ways of conducting conversations about deteriorating health and treatment options including CPR.

Participants are encouraged to bring challenging scenarios from their own clinical practice.

Workshop learning objectives:

Participants will have the opportunity to

  • Review their current practice in relation to communicating with patients, their families and carers
  • Develop strategies for overcoming barriers to discussing deteriorating health with patients and carers
  • Identify personal learning objectives and address these in a peer learning group
  • Exchange ideas and experiences with senior colleagues from other specialties