Conference Summary

Date: 25th Mar 2019 - 26th Mar 2019
Venue: University of West London, Ealing Site, London W5 5RF, UK.   To help with travel plans, full details of transport links and list of recommended hotels in the vicinity of the venue will be provided to delegates following successful registration
Attendance for the two days of the Conference is £200 GBP; Attendance for one day of the Conference (either 25th or 26th March 2019) is £120 GBP

Shared Decision Making: Person-Centred Care and The Values Agenda

A 2-Day Conference jointly organised by the European Society for Person Centered Healthcare (ESPCH), London, UK, the Collaborating Centre for Values-based Practice in Health and Social Care (VBP) at St. Catherine’s College, Oxford, UK, and the European Institute for Person Centered Health and Social Care, University of West London, UK.


As UK NICE guidelines note, shared decision-making involves health professionals and patients working together with the goal of putting people at the centre of decisions about their own treatment and care.


The 2015 Montgomery ruling makes shared decision-making based on values and evidence the basis of consent to medical treatment, with wide-ranging implications for healthcare practices, law and policy. The conference will bring together clinicians, policy-makers, patient experts and academics from a range of disciplines to consider the challenges health providers face in this new environment.


What shifts are necessary in our current thinking and practice to make shared decision-making a reality? What barriers are there to establishing shared decision-making as the norm in health practice and policy? How do we measure success – or the lack of it – in these contexts? What are the other philosophical and empirical research questions which warrant urgent consideration?



The full academic programme for the Conference will be made available shortly. Further information is available in the interim from Professor Michael Loughlin ( or Professor Andrew Miles (


Key words: person centered medicine, evidence based practice, values-based practice shared deicison making, patient, health policy, NICE, healthcare, clinical practice, health philosophy, empirical research, health provider, health services, health care ethics, health care law, informed consent, Montgomery ruling, patient expertise, competence, paternalism, autonomy, health and social care, epistemic injustice