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Effective Consent Practice: Improving shared decision-making between clinicians and patients

Friday 10 May 2019
De Vere W1 Conference Centre, London

Effective Consent Practice: Improving shared decision-making between clinicians and patients
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This conference, with an opening presentation from Professor Deborah Bowman MBE Chair, Consent Task & Finish Group, General Medical Council focuses on Effective Consent Practice: Improving shared decision-making between clinicians and patients. The conference will update delegates on implications of recent legal developments and on the reviewed GMC Consent Guidance which is currently in consultation and due for publication later this year.

“Good consent practice is at the heart of the doctor-patient relationship, but we know it’s sometimes challenging to get this right. Our guidance sets out good practice principles for making decisions about care, from the treatment of minor conditions to major interventions with significant risks or side effects.” General Medical Council 2019


“The GMC is currently reviewing the Consent guidance with view to updating it… Since it was last published in 2008, there have been shifts in the legal, policy and workplace environments. Doctors are telling us that increasing pressures and demands on their practice can make it difficult to seek and record a patient’s consent in line with our guidance and the law. ..We want to support doctors and patients to have meaningful conversations and to make shared decisions. Therefore we have updated the guidance to ensure that it is still clear and helpful, relevant to doctors’ needs, and consistent with the law.” GMC 2018


“A landmark ruling was made in 2015 by the UK Supreme Court following the Montgomery v Lanarkshire case. A new legal standard set out thatadults ‘of sound mind’ are entitled to make informed decisions when giving or withholding consent to treatment. Consent ‘must be obtained before treatment interfering with bodily integrity is undertaken’, and it should only be gained when patients have shared a decision informed by what is known about the risks, benefits and consequences of all reasonable NHS treatment options. It is the doctor’s duty to ‘take reasonable care’ to make sure patients are ‘aware of any material risks involved in proposed treatment, and of reasonable alternatives’. A risk is considered ‘material’ if ‘a reasonable person in the patient’s position would be likely to attach significance to it, or if the doctor is or should reasonably be aware that their patient would be likely to attach significance to it’.” NICE, 18th January 2019


“Consent is integral to doctors’ clinical interactions with patients. Patients have the right to make choices about their own lives. Doctors have an ethical and legal responsibility to involve patients as much as possible in making decisions about their own health and care. This should be a partnership based on openness, honesty, trust and good communication. It’s as important for doctors to understand what matters to patients – giving them the opportunity to share their needs, wishes and values, and listening to their priorities and concerns – as it is for the doctor to share information about the harms and benefits of the different options. The effectiveness of the latter depends to a considerable extent on the former.” Decision making and consent, Draft Guidance, GMC 2018


This conference will enable you to:
• Network with colleagues who are working to improve consent practice
• Reflect on national developments and learning including the revised GMC consent guidance
• Ensure you are up to date with legal practice and principles
• Reflect on the patient perspectives and ensure a fully personalised and individualised approach, giving patients adequate time to fully
understand, digest and reflect upon the information about their care and treatment
• Learn from outstanding practice in shared decision making and the communication of risk
• Embed best consent practice within mainstream clinical processes
• Ensure best practice when patients don’t want to be involved in decision making, or refuse treatment
• Learn form case studies in implementing consent best practice at the end of life, and in nurse led consent
• Self assess and reflect on your own practice
• Gain CPD accreditation points contributing to professional development and revalidation evidence

100% of delegates at our previous conference on this subject would recommend it to a colleagues
 

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