Shared-Decision Making with the High-Risk Surgical Patient - Thurs 15 March 2018

The Patient Information Forum is delighted to be working with the Royal College of Anaesthetists and Medway NHS Foundation Trust to hold an event on the topic of Shared Decision Making with the High-Risk Surgical Patient on Thursday 15 March 2018 at the Royal College of Anaesthetists in London.

The event is primarily aimed at Anaesthetists at any level of their career, but may also be of interest to anyone with an interest in shared decision making.  The event will attract 5 CPD points with the Royal College of Anaesthetists.

A draft agenda for the day can be viewed below:

09.15 – 09.45      Registration, refreshments and networking

09.45 – 09.55      Welcome
Chair: Dr Samantha Black - Consultant Paediatric and Perioperative Anaesthetist, Medway NHS Foundation Trust

09.55 – 10.15      Shared decision making and CPEX testing
Tara Rampal – Consultant Anaesthetist, Medway NHS Foundation Trust                         

Session 1:  Why is it important?

10.15 – 10.45      Patient perspective
Michael Seres – Patient; Founder, 11Health

Session 2:  Shared-decision making

10.45 – 11.15      Deploying digital information and how it can support shared decision making and consent
Dr Matt Halkes - Consultant Anaesthetist; Director of Education, Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust

11.15 – 11.45      Introduction to the Patient Information Forum and speed networking (including refreshment break)
Nicole Naylor – Joint Head of Operations, Patient Information Forum

11.45 – 12.15      Shared decision making with the high-risk patient - A surgeon’s perspective
Mr Malcolm West - National Institute of Health Research Clinical Lecturer in Surgery, Southampton

Malcolm will discuss pathways and tools to achieve shared decision making in high risk surgical patients, and the role of prehabilitation in this important area.

12.15 – 12.45      Who is a high-risk patient?
Dr Neil McDonald - Perioperative Lead, Royal London 

12.45 – 1.30        LUNCH

Session 3:  Supporting shared-decision making

1.30 – 2.00          Developing education and training strategies in shared decision making - The Choosing Wisely programme
Dr Ramai Santhirapala - Clinical Lead, Choosing Wisely UK, Academy of Medical Royal Colleges

2.00 – 2.30          Decision aids from the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE)
Victoria Thomas – Head of Public Involvement, National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence

Victoria will cover the relationship between national guidelines and individual decision making.

Session 4:  Communicating with patients

2.30 – 3.00         Health Literacy Awareness: The Vital Ingredient?
Jonathan Berry - Personalisation & Control Specialist; Lead for Health Literacy and Shared Decision Making, NHS England

3.00 – 3.30        Accessible information - A blind person’s experience
Adi Latif - Usability and Accessibility Consultant, AbilityNet 

3.30 – 3.50        Refreshment break

Session 5:  Communicating risks and benefits

3.50 – 4.20        Communicating potential benefits and harms
Dr Alexandra Freeman - Executive Director, Winton Centre for Risk and Evidence Communication, University of Cambridge

Alex will give a very brief summary of what is known about the best and worst ways to communicate numbers, using examples from our work in medical contexts and the work being done around the world in surgical consent and communication as much as possible.                            

4.20 – 4.30         Sum up and close
Chair: Dr Samantha Black - Consultant Paediatric and Perioperative Anaesthetist, Medway NHS Foundation Trust


Delegate fees for the event are as follows:

£150+VAT for PIF members and students (PIF members should login to the website to see the PIF member rate)

£200+VAT for consultants and non-PIF members (this includes a complementary 1-year individual membership to PIF)

You can register to attend the event below.

We have some sponsorship opportunities available at this event.  To discuss further please email

We are grateful to Drs S Black, T Rampal, M Shah (Medway NHS Foundation Trust) for their help in developing the programme for this event.

We hope you can join us!

The PIF Team

Royal College of Anaesthetists
Churchill House, 35 Red Lion Square
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Date: 15 March 2018

Start Time: 9:15 am
End Time: 4:30 pm

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