Shared decision making

Shared Decision Making is a process in which people and patients, when they reach a decision crossroads in their health care, can review all the treatment options available to them and participate actively with their healthcare professional in making that decision.

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The Health and Social Care Act 2012

The Health and Social Care Act 2012 introduced two legal duties, requiring Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) and commissioners in NHS England to enable:

  • patients and carers to participate in planning, managing and making decisions about their care and treatment, through the services they commission;
  • the effective participation of the public in the commissioning process itself, so that services provided reflect the needs of local people.