Shared Decision Making

What is Shared Decision Making (SDM)?    

Shared decision making is a process by which people are supported to understand their options and are given the opportunity to consider relevant information that might influence their choice.

Shared decision making is a key component of personalised care.  It is an approach that represents the move away from a ‘doctor knows best’ style of healthcare towards a person centred approach. This represents a new relationship between people, professionals and the health and care system. It provides a positive shift in power and decision making that enables people to feel informed, have a voice, to be heard and be connected to each other and their communities

Shared decision making is a process by which people are support to:

·       Understand the care, treatment and support options available and the risks, benefits and consequences of those options

·       Make a decision about a preferred course of action based on evidence based, good quality information and their personal preferences.  

Shared decision making should be used in all areas of healthcare, anyone who has a role in offering people treatments, investigations, therapies or interventions should have an understanding of shared decision making and use this approach in practice.


The It’s All About People personalisation team have arranged two different levels of training to provide more information about Shared Decision Making.  The two courses are different in that one is an online e-learning course which provides an introduction to SDM and the other is an online virtual workshop which will be interactive and give you the opportunity to widen your knowledge of SDM and practice how to apply this in everyday life.

All of our Personalised Care & Support Planning is accredited by the Personalised Care Institute. You can find us listed on the PCI website.


If you want to discuss which course you think would be the most suitable for you please send an email to who will provide you with further information however please also see below more information about each of the courses that are available:

Shared Decision Making Introduction (45 mins e-learning)


Course Overview

The Personalised Care Institute curriculum (2020) articulates the values, behaviours and capabilities required by a multi-professional workforce to deliver Personalised Care. This 30 minute eLearning covers aspects of the core capabilities to communicate and build relationships, as well as to engage, enable and support people in making decisions about their healthcare.

Time to complete: 30 Minutes

Who is the training aimed at?
All staff/volunteers in health, social care or third/voluntary sector who work in Lincolnshire.

Is this course funded?

How do I book onto it?

Course: Shared Decision Making (

Shared Decision Making (3 hour virtual workshop)


Course Overview

Shared Decision Making is an essential component of personalised care which supports people and carers to feel more confident in having informed and meaningful conversations with health and care professionals about the treatment care and support that is right for them at that time. 

Ask questions, be curious and explore with colleagues:

Come and join our local trainers in an interactive session which will support you to feel more confident in having shared decision making conversations. 

The module will cover:

  • Benefits of SDM
  • Key elements of a SDM conversation
  • Processes, preferences and risk management
  • The role of health literacy
  • Creating the right conditions for success
  • Application to practice

Time to complete: 3 hours (virtual)

Who is the training aimed at?
Patient/client facing staff in health or third/voluntary sector who work in Lincolnshire. Gain CPD points

Is this course funded?

How do I book onto it?
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