Shared Decision Making 2020 and Beyond

An international conference on Shared Decision Making in Mental Health.

This is the first conference sharing findings and best practice for this innovation in the UK, bringing researchers, service users and health professionals together in Cambridge.

Organised by Professor Shula Ramon from the University of Hertfordshire. Shula worked with Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust to deliver a major research project on Shared Decision Making. The conference will look at how this innovation can be applied in practice to improve care, sharing perspectives from service users and mental health providers.

Date and Time

Tue, May 12, 2020

9:30 AM – 4:30 PM BST


Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute

Li Ka Shing Centre

Robinson Way





9.30 Registration, coffee, tea, water, juice

10.00-10.15 Tracey Dowling (Chief Executive, CPFT) Welcome to the conference

Part I

10.15-10.45 Obstacles to SDM: 2015 evidence summary

Dr. Alan Quirk, Head of Research and Audit, Royal College of Psychiatrists UK

10.45-12.15 Where are we in 2020 concerning these obstacles?

10.45-11.15 Dr. Jorge Zimbron (CPFT): How does the Springbank ward avoid the obstacles highlighted in 2015?

11.15-11.45 Prof. Shula Ramon (University of Hertfordshire) and Dr. Andrew Nicholls (HPFT): The value of having Experts by Experience as SDM training co-leads alongside providers.

11.45-12.15 Dr. Yaara Zisman-Ilani (Temple University, Philadelphia) : Does it make a difference if we choose, and how we do so?

12.15-12.45 Participants’ comments and speakers’ responses

12.45-1.30 Lunch

Part II

1.30-2.00 Dr. Jo Fox (Anglia Ruskin University, EbE) and Dr. Vanessa Pinfold (Director, McPin): Decision making by pregnant women experiencing mental ill health concerning the use of medication

2.00-2.30 Prof. Noami Hadas Lidor and Dr. Penina Weiss (School of mental health rehabilitation and recovery, Ono College, Israel): Shared Decision Making in the Rainbow Family Programme

2.30-2.45 Sara Daas (Ono College and Haifa University, Israel) Shared Decision Making in Introducing Recovery Planning to the Israeli Arab society

2.45-3.15 Sarah Rae (EbE researcher, CPFT), Andy Smith (EbE researcher, Viewpoint), Ian Pearce (carer researcher, HPFT): Service users’ and carers views on psychiatric medication known to come with a high health risk.

3.15-3.45 Dr. Maura Deshpande (Chair of the ethics committee of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, ): The Montgomery Case Ruling 12and its implications for SDM in mental health.

3.45-4.15 Participants’ comments and speakers’ responses

4.15-4.30 Prof. Shula Ramon: Summary and SDM future pointers


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