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

The Patient Information Forum is delighted to be working with 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 – 10.15      Welcome and overview of political drivers and national programmes
Chair: Dr Samantha Black - Consultant Paediatric and Perioperative 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      Deplaying digital information and how it can support SDM / consent
Dr Matt Halkes - Director of Education, Consultant in Anaesthesia, Torbay Hospital

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 in the high-risk patient - A surgeon’s perspective
Mr Malcolm West - NIHR Research Surgical Fellow, Southampton 

12.15 – 12.45      What is the high-risk patient / high risk surgery? CPEX/aerobic fitness in context of 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 at NICE
Victoria Thomas – Head of Public Involvement, National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence

Session 4:  Communicating with patients

2.30 – 3.00          Health literacy
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 – 4.50        Factors influencing the perception of side-effect risk information
Peter Gardner - Head of School of Psychology, University of Leeds                                

4.50 – 5.00      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. You will need to be logged in to the website to see the PIF member rate.

£200+VAT for consultants and non-PIF members

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: 5:00 pm

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