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DoH: Views sought on detailed proposals to secure shared decision-making and choice for patients

Detailed proposals to secure genuinely shared decision-making for patients have been published today (23rd May).

The Department of Health is consulting further on these detailed proposals to implement the Government’s commitment to giving patients more say and choice over their care and treatment.

We have heard that patients want greater clarity over when and how they can share in decisions about their care, about the choices they have and when they apply.

The consultation proposes a model of shared decision-making all along the patient pathway, which should be relevant irrespective of patients’ conditions, their clinical pathway or progress along it. The model indicates where patients would be expected to have more say in decisions about their care in primary care; before a diagnosis; at referral to secondary care; and after a diagnosis had been made.

It asks a small number of focussed questions to seek views on:

  • whether we have identified the right areas as well as the right levers for making sure our proposals will give patients more opportunities to make shared decisions about their care and treatment, all along the pathway
  • whether our proposals are realistic and achievable
  • whether we have missed any key issues
  • whether we have identified the right means of delivering our proposals.

Respond to the online consultation

Read Liberating the NHS: No decision about me, without me – Further consultation on proposals to secure shared decision-making

The consultation runs for eight weeks and welcomes views from patients, the wider public, organisations, health professionals and the NHS.

‘Liberating the NHS: No decision about me, without me – Further consultation on proposals to secure shared decision-making’ forms part of the Government’s response to the earlier ‘Liberating the NHS: Greater choice and control consultation’.

The summary of responses to the ‘Greater choice and control consultation’ is also published today.

This article has been taken from the Department of Health – http://www.dh.gov.uk/health/2012/05/choice-consultation/