Core values for psychiatrists (CR204 Sep 2017)

The values framework should contribute to shaping the curriculum, training, clinical practice, policy and planning in the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

It encompasses patients of all age ranges and specialties within psychiatry.

It can be used as a training tool, providing a focus for a skills-based approach to decision-making where complex and conflicting values are involved, as a reference point, and as a measuring tool for evaluating practice.

It underpins the therapeutic relationship between the patient and the doctor, which in turn influences the quality of recovery.

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