Event 17.11.2020—25.11.2020

The Shared Decision Making 2020 and Beyond conference is now to be delivered online

This conference is now divided into two half days; the first will take place on Tuesday, 17th November 2020 a.m., and the second on Wednesday, 25th November p.m.

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. A Zoom link will be sent to you nearer the conference dates.


Online CPFT, Cambridge University Hospitals Trust R&D, University of Hertfordshire

Conference on Shared Decision Making in the 2020 and Beyond

17th November and 25th November 2020

Aim: Updating our knowledge, evidence, and implementation of SDM in mental health

Day 1 (17th November 2020): 10.00-13.30


Welcome and introduction: Tracey Dowling (Chief Executive, Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Partnership Foundation Trust)


1.Obstacles to SDM: summary of Alan Quirk research published 2015

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

2.Where are we in 2020 concerning these obstacles?


Dr. Jorge Zimbron (Consultant psychiatrist, Cambridgeshire Partnership Foundation Trust): 

How does the Springbank ward avoid the obstacles highlighted in 2015?

11.15-11.30 Comfort Break


Prof. Shula Ramon (Professor of Social Inclusion and Wellbeing, University of Hertfordshire) and Dr. Andrew Nicholls (Head of Recovery and Psychological Services, HPFT (Hertfordshire Partnership Foundation Trust)): 

Beginning to Implement Shared Decision Making in HPFT led jointly by service users and providers trainers 


Dr. Jo Fox (Senior Lecturer, Anglia Ruskin University) and Dr. Vanessa Pinfold (Director, McPin Foundation): 

Decision making concerning the use of medication by pregnant women experiencing mental ill health


Comments and Questions


Day 2: Wednesday, 25th November 2020: 14.00- 17.00


Welcome and introduction: Mrs. Sarah Rae (Service User Research Adviser (CPFT), Mind National Management Group Member)


Dr. Mayura Deshpande (Chair of the ethical committee, the Royal College of Psychiatrists):

The Montgomery Case and its implications for SDM in mental health


Mrs. Sara Daas (Development Lead, School of Mental Health Rehabilitation, Ono college, Kiryat Ono, Israel): 

The place of shared decision making in the application of the IMR (Illness, Management and Recovery) Programme to the Israeli Arab Population 


Prof. Noami Hadas Lidor and Dr. Penina Weiss (Director and Lecturer at the School of Mental Health Rehabilitation, Ono College, Kiryat Ono, Israel): 

The Role of Shared Decision Making in the application of the Keshet Programme of Working with Family Carers

15.45-16.00 Comfort Break


Dr. Karishma Jiraj (Northampton University): 

Exploring the influence of SDM and Therapeutic Relationships on Service User’s and Clinicians’ attitudes to Antipsychotic Medication 


Prof. Yaara Zisman-Ilani (Department of social and behavioural sciences, Temple University, Philadelphia, USA):

Does it make a difference if we choose?


Comments and Questions

If you have further queries, please contact Professor Shula Ramon on s.ramon@herts.ac.uk.