The Collaborating Centre supports networks of individuals and groups with interests relevant to the Centre’s aims.

Networks are self-organising communities of interest that bring together stakeholders with diverse experiences and skills. VBP Collaborating Centre Network members include (but are not limited to) Centre Partners

Why a Network?

Collaborating Centre networks offer

  • A strong web presence: each network has its own home page and related postings hosted by the VBP website and supported by the website manager (see links below)
  • Priority access to Centre resources: for example Advanced Studies Seminar funding
  • Communication: the Centre hosts email, Twitter and Facebook list for communication between network members
  • Engagement with the wider VBP community: network members receive announcements circulated through the VBP website listings

Current Networks

The below links will take you to the home pages of the following networks:

Aesthetics in Mental Health (AiMH)

Aesthetics in Mental Health (AiMH) is a lively trans-disciplinary network that seeks to extend and enhance aesthetic responsiveness in the context of healthcare and thus to improve mental health and wellbeing among both service users and service providers

Conveners: Helena Fox (UK), Michael Musalek and Martin Poltrum (Austria)

Brazilian VBP Network

The aim of this network is to bring together stakeholders (from any country) interested in applying values-based practice in the context of the challenges presented by the large and culturally diverse population of Brazil.

The network will have a particular concern with vulnerable populations.

Values-based practice offers an appropriate instrument for bringing together cultural diversity in Brazil, and therefore for improving the effectiveness and global impact of mental health in the country.

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Convener: Guilherme Messas

Co- Production Addictive Behaviour Research Network (CAB)

The Co-production Addictive Behaviour Research Network strives to promote and explore practice in co-production research in the fields of substance use and addictive behaviour.

Convenor: Lucy Webb

Educational Voice Hearing Network

The Network provides a space for learning and aims to improve the understanding between mental health professionals and people who hear voices, so as to promote person-centred practices. This is in keeping with the aims of the Collaborating Centre which aims to promote excellent clinical care.

Convener: Dr David Crepaz-Keay

Integrating Values into Evidence-Based Medicine (INVITE)

The main objective is to create a platform for discussing practical steps to recognize and integrate consciously, values into the practice of Evidence Based Medicine. A second objective is to pilot of some the ideas that arise from our discussion.

Convener: Leah McClimans

Law and Ethics of Anorexia Nervosa – Values in Practice (LEAN ViP)

The network aims to bring together stakeholders, including influential experts from different disciplines such as law, eating disorders, palliative care, general practice, ethics, philosophy, together with experts by experience, including patients and relatives. It will provide a unique forum that facilitates high-level dialogue and enables working together towards providing informed, values-based expert advocacy in both clinical and legal practice. The ultimate aim will be to make a material improvement to the lives of sufferers with eating disorders and their loved ones.

Convener: Jacinta Tan

Norms of Action and Belief in the Clinic Network (NABC)

The underlying Programme aims to address the challenges widely experienced in translating research into practice, such as ignoring guidelines as irrelevant to practice or forsaking professional judgment for formal compliance. Our guiding hypothesis is that these challenges derive in part but importantly from unrecognised conflicts between the norms of belief (underpinning evidence-based clinical guidelines for optimising health outcomes) and the norms of action (underpinning the role of patient choice and professional judgment in shared clinical decision-making).

Convener: Dr Lubomira Radoilska

Phenomenology and Mental Health Network

Phenomenology is a rigorous philosophical method of studying the structures of consciousness and how these structures underlie and affect human experience. By undergoing a clinical turn, 20th century phenomenology became more pragmatic in seeking to understand the variety of lived experiences of patients suffering from mental disorders, often undermining a sense of a strict boundary between the normal and the pathological. Basic phenomenological themes, such as temporality, embodiment, intentionality, understanding, and intersubjectivity, thereby gained a new diagnostic and therapeutic significance. The tradition of phenomenological psychopathology became an important actor on the scene of 20th century psychiatry. The PMH network strives to promote the best of this tradition

Convener: Marcin Moskalewicz

Understanding Personality Disorders Network

The Understanding Personality Disorders Network is a multi and interdisciplinary network that seeks to promote an investigation of personality disorders and to inform clinical practice by the outcomes achieved. A special emphasis is laid on the integration of empirical, conceptual, theoretical, and normative issues within broader schemes in particular that of Value-based Practice (VBP).

Convener: Konrad Banicki

Whiteness and Race Equality Network 

Work on race equality has traditionally focused on the lived experience of being black in terms of mental health and diagnosis. But for co-production to stand any chance of success understanding has to be two-way, especially in relation to coproduction: we need to understand the lived experience of being white alongside and in equal partnership with the lived experience of being black. This is the aim of The Race Equality and Whiteness Network in the Collaborating Centre for Values-based Practice. 

Convener: Colin King

The Values-Based Child and Adolescent Mental Health system (VB CAMHs) Network

The Values Based Practice CAMHS system Network aims to bring together stakeholders, including influential experts from different disciplines such as education, social care, charities, NGOs, general practice, ethics, philosophy, together with experts by experience, including patients and relatives. 

Convener: Leo Kroll

Values Based Interprofessional Education and Practice Network

The aim of the Network is to explore and develop the two-way relationship between IPE (Interprofessional Education and Practice) and VBP (Values-based Practice).

IPE enables two or more professions to learn with, from and about each other to improve collaborative practice and quality of care (CAIPE, 2002).

Convener: Laura Chalmers

Values Based Practice in Childbirth

Pregnancy and birth are unique human experiences, not comparable to any other. They involve the generation of a new human being through a deeply intimate process, that can transform not only the pregnant and labouring woman’s body, but also her understanding and assessment of herself and her environment.

The network will be launched in the second half of 2021 and will examine and promote Values-based Practice in Childbirth.

Convener: Stella Villarmea

Values Based Practice in Paramedic Practice

The aim of this Network is to explore and develop values-based practice within paramedic practice, and specifically how this may be taught within paramedic education.

Convener: Georgette Eaton

Values-based Theory Network 

The Values-Based Theory Network (VBP Theory Network) strives to promote research excellence and interdisciplinary collaboration in the fields of analytic and continental philosophy of medicine and mental health research.

Convener: Anna Bergqvist

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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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