The Collaborating Centre for Values-based Practice

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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.

What is Values-based Practice?

VBP pic mainValues-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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Key Areas of Collaboration

The core activities of the Centre are based around three inter-linked areas – Education and Training, Regulation, Law and Guidance, and Integration and Teamwork – together with crosscutting themes of Theory and Practice.

The Collaborating Centre for Values-based Practice

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Forthcoming Webinars

The Centre is hosting the following forthcoming webinars:

Values, science, rights: what do they mean for dementia and Covid?

3 February 2021,
12pm – 2pm

2020 has been the year of Covid. Dementia has been the most common underlying condition among people who have died from Covid. Science has developed vaccines for Covid. Yet there is still no cure for dementia and the evidence base for treatment remains limited, so it continues to be a life limiting illness and disability.
What’s the importance of values and science for people affected by dementia and practitioners? Are values relevant in dementia care when we are being “led by the science” for Covid? Are rights important? What is ‘values-based practice’ and why is it important for dementia?

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Public Mental Health: Pushing the boundaries – Seminar 1: Understanding personality disorders as expertise in research

10 February 2021
10am – 12pm

This webinar is the first in a four-year seminar series that will explore and develop the growing interest and emerging evidence that a broader bio/psycho/social approach may yield benefits in severe and enduring mental illness (often abbreviated to ‘SMI’) and identify ways to moves this potential towards public mental health as an evidence-based intervention for SMI.

Some seminars will address broad public mental health factors such as inequalities (which may be caused by, for example, race, gender, geography or genetics); some will address the key skills required to affect change and others will focus on existing diagnoses and identify how a public mental health approach might be developed and tested.

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This seminar will centre on the diagnosis of personality disorder. There are two factors that make this an interesting starting point for pushing boundaries in public mental health:

1. It’s a tricky one! – It raises a number of fundamental questions on the nature of self, identity, the relationships between people and themselves and each other.
2. There is little consensus or orthodoxy. – We can focus our efforts on developing a constructive new approach rather than dismantling rigid but flawed established traditions.

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