The Critical Values Based Practice Network

Organizational Partner: The Critical Values Based Practice Network, School of Health Sciences, The University of Nottingham, Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, Royal Derby Hospital, UK 

Lead: Dr Gemma Stacey (Assistant Professor – Mental Health)
Dr Philip Houghton, Nottinghamshire Healthcare Foundation Trust
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Key Search Terms:
Resident in: UK Working in: UK Area(s) of Interest in VBP: Education, Meeting/ASS (Advanced Studies Seminar), Research/other [Action Research], Services/person-centered, Services/teamwork, Services/other [mental health], Related Area(s) of Interest: Communication skills, Decision theory, Evidence-based practice, Ethics, Regulation, Law, Other/[power]; Area(s) of healthcare expertise: Mental health/General, Nursing, Service user, other [psychology]
Brief Description of Work: The network focuses on research and practice which attempts to critique and address the barriers to implementing VBP in mental health in-patient settings. We have an explicit focus on exploring professional and organisational power structures which underpin these barriers. This position informs practice based action research initiatives which attempt to acknowledge and work within legal and ethical constraints to improve collaborative practices.
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Partner Links: Professor Bill Fullford; Dr Pamela Fisher (University of Leeds)

Successful research bid by the Critical Values Based Practice Network

Latest publication – A critical narrative analysis of shared decision-making in acute inpatient mental health care: :

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WikiVBP Reference Library

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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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