The Collaborating Centre for Values-based Practice
The Collaborating Centre has been set up to support the development of values-based practice through shared learning. Based at St Catherine’s College in Oxford the Centre brings together a wide range of individuals and organisations working on different aspects of values-based practice around the world. Although originating primarily in mental health and social care a particular aim of the Collaborating Centre is to support extension of values-based approaches to other areas of health care such as surgery.
Values-based Practice (VBP) is a clinical skills-based approach to working with complex and conflicting values in healthcare. It is a twin framework to evidence-based practice (EBP).
The Point of VBP: rather than giving us answers as such, VBP aims to support balanced decision making within frameworks of shared values appropriate to the situation in question.
The Premise of VBP: the basis for balanced decision making in VBP is the premise of mutual respect for differences of values.
The Process of VBP: VBP supports decision making through good process rather than prescribing pre-set right outcomes. The process of VBP is based on learnable clinical skills but includes other elements concerned with professional relationships, links with EBP and dissensus (a particular values-based form of partnership in decision making).