Ashok Handa is Associate Professor of Surgery at Oxford University and Consultant Vascular Surgeon at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford. He is the Director for Surgical Education and responsible for the Undergraduate curriculum in surgery as well as an Associate Director of Clinical studies with responsibility for assessment. He is Co-Director of the Collaborating Centre for values based practice at St Catherine’s College, Oxford and responsible for education and research for the centre. He is Fellow and Tutor for Graduates at St Catherine’s college and the Principle Investigator for the OxAAA study, investigating the cause of abdominal aortic aneurysms.
A series of three linked seminars introducing from the perspectives respectively of service users, practitioners and providers, a new approach to working with complex and conflicting values in health and social care called values-based practice. The seminars will be interactive and include opportunities for participants to suggest on-going work with the recently launched Centre for Values-based Practice in Health and Social Care at St Catherine’s College in Oxford (see valuesbasedpractice.org).
Service Users (public theatre)
From the perspective of service users values-based practice is important in shifting attention from generic approaches to care to the values (to what is important from the perspective of) the particular individual involved in a given health or social care intervention. This seminar will include a brief presentation illustrating the significance of this shift as it plays out in a new person-centred approach to suicide risk management.
Providers (trade theatre)
From the perspective of providers values-based practice is important in helping traders to develop equipment and other resources that meet the actual rather than imagined requirements of their clients and patients concerned, whilst remaining cost-effective. This seminar will include an example of best practice in values-based needs assessment in the ‘care conversations’ under-pinning the work of a private social care provider rated outstanding in recent CQC inspections.
Practitioners (professional theatre)
From the perspective of practitioners values-based practice is important in giving them the skills to understand and engage with the values of their patients and clients as unique individuals. This seminar will describe training developments in values-based practice with medical students and others in Oxford and a clinical example illustrating how such training supports shared decision-making in the context of a busy surgical outpatient clinic.