The Collaborating Centre for Values-based Practice in Health and Social Care

St Catherine's College, Oxford

About the Centre

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.


The Centre has been set up to facilitate collaborations between individuals and organizations concerned to develop more effective ways of working with values in health and social care.


The Centre focuses particularly on values-based approaches. This includes developing effective links with other resources for working with values (such as ethics and law, health economics, decision analysis and various areas of the medical humanities). It also includes building links with evidence-based practice. Integral to the work of the Centre is the idea that values-based and evidence-based approaches are equal partners in clinical care.

What is Values-based Practice?

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). Values-based practice (VBP) is an approach to working with complex and conflicting values in healthcare that is: Complementary to other approaches to working with values (such as ethics) in focusing on individual values A partner to evidence-based practice in supporting clinical judgment in individual cases In focusing on individuals in this way VBP links science with the unique values of the particular people involved (as clinicians, patients, carers and others) in a given clinical decision.

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Key Areas of Collaboration

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).

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Latest Announcemets

Forthcoming VBP Seminars and Webinars

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Recent VBP Seminars and Webinars

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The Royal Institute of Philosophy Public  Festival 2022
28th September @ HOME Arts Centre, Manchester, 10:00 - 18:00
HOME Arts Centre, Manchester, 10:00 - 18:00

The past few years have seen profound challenges to the way of life established in the Western world since 1945.

The covid-19 pandemic has changed everything temporarily and seems likely to have lasting impacts on our everyday lives. Overwhelming evidence of accelerating climate change requires us to consider far-reaching changes to our economic structures and built environments. The internet now allows far greater individual connectivity than was previously possible, but this has brought with it widespread misinformation which threatens to undermine our political institutions.

Identifying and Overcoming Epistemic Injustice in Health and Social Care
18 January 2023, 9.30am-4.00pm, St Catherine’s College, Oxford and online
St Catherine’s College, Oxford and online

This event will launch a collaborative impact programme which seeks to expand on the research findings of a 4-year project on Epistemic Injustice, Reasons and Agency (2018-2022) in order to help develop effective and sustainable strategies for identifying and overcoming epistemic injustice in tandem with values-based practice.

The event brings together prospective partners interested to contribute to the Programme’s objectives.

Centenary of Phenomenological Psychopathology
25th - 26th November 2022 - Please see webinar description for session times.

The Centenary of Phenomenological Psychopathology will unite in celebration tradition and contemporaneity of Psychopathology for students, mental health professionals and philosophers.

Making shared decision making a reality
10am-1pm on 2nd Nov via Microsoft Teams

Making shared decision making a reality seminar is being co-hosted by the Collaborating Centre for Values Based Practice and General Osteopathic Council.  The seminar is part of a wider joint project that explored how regulators, working with patients and practitioners, could contribute to supporting person-centred care and processes of shared decision making in implementing professional standards and reducing harms. The seminar will explore the benefits and importance of shared decision making to both practitioners and patients as well as the challenges in making shared decision making a reality in appointments.

Measuring, counting and valuing in public mental health - how can we do it well
12 October, 10:30am to 3pm
St Catherine's College Oxford

In public mental heath there are things we value, things we can measure and things we can count.  Unfortunately, these often do not align and nor do they always influence how we allocate resources.  This seminar will explore what we do now and how we could do better.

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Whiteness and Race Equality network. Training opportunities to increase participation in peer review.
26 October 2022 - 9am - 1pm

The WREN conference looks at patterns of funding to academic institutions, race breakdown of publishers, and reviewers, and the need for race equality standards to ensure peer review addresses equality in representation in, policy, legislative and practice outcomes.

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WikiVBP Reference Library

The wikiVBP Reference Library aims to provide a focused resource of literature and other materials supporting training, research and policy developments in values-based practice.

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Key Areas of Collaboration

Core activities of the Centre are based around three inter-linked areas, Education, Regulation and Integration, together with crosscutting themes of Theory and Practice

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Values Based Social Care

We are delighted to collaborate with MASIS on a social model of care as the key link between health and social care.

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Values-based Surgical Care

Values-based practice in surgery is an innovative approach to decision making in surgery, linking science with people.


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Training Materials and Resources

The CUP Book Series

Cambridge University Press has a VBP book series.

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