Welcome to the Collaborating Centre for Values-based Practice in Health and Social Care

St Catherine's College, Oxford

The Collaborating Centre for Values-based Practice

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

2021-2022 Psychiatry Elective

A joint initiative between Yale and the International Network for Philosophy and Psychiatry the seminar series focusses on  ‘Psychiatry and the Hard Problem of Consciousness’.

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The Existential Structure of Substance Misuse

Author meets Critics – Launch  of Guilherme Messas ‘The Existential Structure of Substance Misuse’ – interactive webinar – save the date  Oct 21 5pm UK DST Registration: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_qRJTwHejRJWcldcakKDuaQ

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Forthcoming VBP Webinars

Have we lost the plot with the implementation of Montgomery?
9th March 2022, 12pm

The webinar will present a real story of a person who is faced with cardiac surgery, a cardiac ablation and asked to make a decision as to which route  treatment they wish to pursue. The conversation was cold, scientific and delivered in a compassionless manner. The person was left feeling that no investment in his decision was made by the Dr and that the entire decision was his alone.

We will discuss this issue and start the process of building a framework for in action share decision making – one for a moment of acute care and one for a `safety huddle` approach.

From tech-push solutions to need-led innovation in healthcare: Launch of the Digital Health & Innovation Network
Wednesday 23rd February 2022, 12pm-2pm

The webinar will follow the patient story. Along the way, we introduce different stakeholders such as patients, clinicians, innovators and governments and explore how their values and perspectives play a key role in the development and deployment of innovative solutions.

Public Mental Health - Pushing the Boundaries: Seminar 4 the benefits and risks of genetics in public mental health
9th February 2022, 12-2pm

This seminar will explore the current state of knowledge in the genetics of public mental health and likely developments in the near future. These developments raise a number of values-based practice issues including balancing individual choice with community benefit and the tensions between data-sharing and personal privacy.

There are also important issues relating to whiteness and race equality that stem from the ethnic bias in existing international bio-banks and the impact this has on the nature of knowledge that comes from them.
This seminar is presented in partnership with the International Society of Psychiatric Genetics.

Philosophy of Psychiatry Educator Network: Launch Webinar
26th January 2022, 1pm GMT

The Philosophy of Psychiatry Educator Network by the International Network for Philosophy and Psychiatry aims to bring together educators in philosophy of psychiatry and relevant disciplines. The network will provide educators opportunities to share resources, discuss strategies, and collaborate on scholarly endeavors. This launch webinar will introduce the network and will feature talks by educators in philosophy of psychiatry who will share their experiences.

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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 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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