The Practice of Values-based Practice


Applications of values-based practice have been developed in

This part of the Reading Guide summarizes resources for values-based practice in these areas with links as indicated to further details in other sections including Full Text Downloads.

Additional materials are given in

The Values Toolkit

Values-based practice is just one approach to working with values in health and social care. This section as a whole should thus be read in conjunction with the introductory comments to The Values Toolkit and the section Links between Other Tools and Values-based Practice. Of particular importance to the practice of values-based practice are its Links with Evidence-based Practice.

On-going work combining values-based practice with other approaches is described in Research and On-going Issues.


The work involved in developing the resources described in this section was carried out in partnership with both service users and service providers and with institutional support from NGOs, including the Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health (SCMH), the Mental Health Foundation (MHF) and Turning Point, all in London, and from statutory bodies, notably the UK Department of Health and NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence).

Many academic and professional bodies also gave vital support including Warwick University, The Royal College of General Practitioners and the Royal College of Psychiatrists in the UK, the World Psychiatric Association, the University of Pretoria Medical School, South Africa and the South Florida Morsani College of Medicine at Tampa, USA.

We are grateful to these and many others for their support and hope that the collaborative approach they exemplified will be continued through the work of the Collaborating Centre.

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