An introduction to the ten principles of Values Based Practice Short Course

An introduction to the ten principles of Values Based Practice Short Course
  • Develop your skills & knowledge
  • Delivered by academic experts & qualified professionals
  • Receive a certificate of attendance

Entry and Admissions

Award Type:

Short Course

Study Mode:


Delivery Method:


Course Length:

½ day


School of Nursing

Partner Colleges:

No Partner College



Start Date:

Tuesday 22nd November 2016, 9am-12pm

Entry Requirements:

Course Content

Course Outline:
Since no set of ethical principles has proved sufficient to guide good healthcare, how should we respond to the conflicting values often present? One approach is simply called ‘Values Based Practice’ (VBP). Its main emphasis is that clinical decision making is not sufficiently guided by a framework of ethical rules and regulation, important as such a framework is, but depends also on learnable clinical skills to respond in a balanced way to a far broader range of diverse values. Values Based Practice thus shifts the emphasis in clinical decision-making from ‘right outcomes’, defined by ethical rules and regulation, to ‘good process’. It provides a skills-based approach to balanced decision-making where, as is often particularly the case in mental health, complex and conflicting values are in play. This session introduces and explores the ten defining principles of VBP.

Who should attend:

Participants should have an interest in both the principled and practical problems of pursuing values based healthcare. The session will explore the philosophical underpinning of Values Based Practice, the nature and range values in healthcare and some of the practical ways to address conflicting values. 

Learning Environment & Assessment:

Attendance without examination

Academic Expertise

Tim Thornton is Professor of Philosophy and Mental Health researching conceptual issues in mental healthcare. He is author of Essential Philosophy of Psychiatry (OUP 2007), co-author of the Oxford Textbook of Philosophy and Psychiatry (OUP 2006) and co-editor of the Oxford Handbook of Philosophy and Psychiatry (OUP 2013).

Learning outcome & aims

By the end of the workshops participants will:

  • Have an understanding of the philosophical background to Values Based Practice and its relation to the nature of illness in general
  • Be able to list, explain and assess the ten principles of Values Based Practice
  • Be familiar with some of the practical techniques and clues for applying Values Based Practice


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Fees & Funding

For further information contact UCLan
Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400

£45 (catering and car parking are not provided)

How to Apply

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These workshops are available as part of the Service Level Agreement which UCLan has with a number of local NHS Trusts. If you wish to apply using this funding please gain the support of your line manager and complete the online application through

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