Shared Decision Making in HPFT


Shared Decision Making (SDM) IS COMING TO HPFT and we are inviting interest from service users to become trainers

We are inviting interest from people using adult community mental health services (or those who have recently used services) anywhere in the Trust for an upcoming project at:

Waverley Rd
Saffron Ground
Centenary House

If successful we will begin Training the Trainers (ToT) in Shared Decision Making as soon as possible!

What is Shared Decision Making?

Shared Decision Making is a process in which service providers and services users work together to select interventions, based on clinical evidence and the person’s informed preferences.

The MAGIC (Making Good Decisions in Collaboration) programme in NHS sites in Newcastle and Cardiff confirmed that strategies to enhance the delivery of shared decision making can improve (JosephWilliams, N. et al, 2017):

  • People’s knowledge about their condition and treatment options

  • People’s involvement in their care

  • People’s satisfaction with care

  • People’s self-confidence in their own knowledge and self-care skills

  • Professionals’ communication

Shared Decision Making (SDM):

  • Is evidence based

  • Is practised successfully near to us (in Cambridge and Peterborough)

  • Includes trainers that are experienced in practising SDM

  • Trainers include EbEs (Experts by Experience),Nurses, Psychiatrists

  • Training will apply interactive methods

  • Introduce you to decision making aids


Attendance in 5 meetings, each of three hours, fortnightly
A short assignment submitted after the training
Commitment to co-run at least one group in a service

This will lead to a certificate of attendance upon completion and people will be paid according to the Trust’s Inclusion and Involvement criteria.

To apply, please email Andrew Nicholls (Head of Recovery and Psychological Services) at or telephone 07767 890113.

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