BSW Shared Decision Making pilot

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Shared Decision Making (SDM) ensures that individuals are supported to make decisions that are right for them. It’s a collaborative process through which a clinician supports a patient to reach a decision about their treatment so that they can live their best life. The conversation brings together the clinician’s expertise; such as treatment options, evidence, risks and benefits, with what the patient knows best; their preferences, personal circumstances, goals, values and beliefs.

BSW are working together over the next five years to progress the involvement of people in their own health and care. To help improve our services, we have been carrying out a pilot study trialling SDM measurement tools which encourage learning at the front line about how well we are having conversations with our service users about what matters most to them. This has involved sending out a simple anonymous survey following an appointment with clinicians participating in the pilot.

We are now starting to evaluate the pilot to understand what has worked well, what has worked less well and needs to be improved, and how shared decision making can most effectively be used across BSW to improve services. The knowledge and information we get from evaluating the pilot will help us plan how we can progress in delivering personalised care in the future.


If you have any questions or queries about the survey, please email sdmsurvey.bsw@nhs.net

Shared Decision Making (SDM) ensures that individuals are supported to make decisions that are right for them. It’s a collaborative process through which a clinician supports a patient to reach a decision about their treatment so that they can live their best life. The conversation brings together the clinician’s expertise; such as treatment options, evidence, risks and benefits, with what the patient knows best; their preferences, personal circumstances, goals, values and beliefs.

BSW are working together over the next five years to progress the involvement of people in their own health and care. To help improve our services, we have been carrying out a pilot study trialling SDM measurement tools which encourage learning at the front line about how well we are having conversations with our service users about what matters most to them. This has involved sending out a simple anonymous survey following an appointment with clinicians participating in the pilot.

We are now starting to evaluate the pilot to understand what has worked well, what has worked less well and needs to be improved, and how shared decision making can most effectively be used across BSW to improve services. The knowledge and information we get from evaluating the pilot will help us plan how we can progress in delivering personalised care in the future.


If you have any questions or queries about the survey, please email sdmsurvey.bsw@nhs.net

  • As a clinician or admin member of staff involved in the BSW Shared Decision Making (SDM) pilot, we are keen to get your views and feedback on how the pilot was for you; what worked well and what could have been improved. We would therefore be very grateful if you could take the time to complete our evaluation survey. The survey should take approximately 15 - 20 minutes to complete. Thank you.

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