The Royal College of Psychiatrists has published a new College Report:
‘Core Values for Psychiatrists’ (CR204)
- articulates and clarifies the values operating in psychiatry today.
- outlines 8 core values – Communication, Dignity, Empathy, Fairness, Honesty, Humility, Respect, Trust. The values are developed into themes and principals covering all ages from the early developmental stages through to end-of-life care.
- complements and sits alongside the RCPsych Code of Ethics (CR186) http://www.rcpsych.ac.uk/
files/pdfversion/CR186.pdf and Good Psychiatric Practice (CR154) – http://www.rcpsych.ac.uk/ files/pdfversion/CR154.pdf
- highlights a skills based approach to the curriculum, to training and to working with complex and conflicting values, facilitating balanced decision-making in clinical practice.
- enables a collaborative dialogue and understanding between the patient and the psychiatrist. This facilitates shared decision-making which can have a positive impact on health recovery outcomes for the patient.