We have developed a set of Core Values for Psychiatrists.
The Values Framework should contribute to shaping clinical practice, policy and planning in mental health care. It covers patients of all age ranges and specialties within psychiatry.
It can be used as a training tool, a reference point and 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.
‘Unlike ethics, which seeks to determine ‘right outcomes’, values-based practice relies on ‘good process’, in particular good clinical skills, as the basis of balanced decision-making where values conflict.’ (Fulford, 2011)
The Core Values are open to future revision and they can operate alongside the Royal College of Psychiatrists Code of Ethics in clinical practice.
They have been developed by the RCPsych in Wales led by Professor Keith Lloyd, Consultant Psychiatrist, Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board and Ms Veryan Richards, Patient Representative, RCPsych in Wales and in consultation with the Executive
Committee and membership in Wales.