How to have realistic conversations

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

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

All participants are encouraged to;

  • Review their current practice in communication about treatment related decision-making and consent
  • Describe and communicate information about risk clearly and effectively Discuss treatment options, benefits and limitations in a balanced way, taking a person-centred perspective
  • Understand and help those 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.

This workshop is provided by:

NHS Lothian

NHS Fife

NHS Lanarkshire