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Shared Decision Making

Key information

Course Leader: Carole Galloway

Level: 7

Credits: 15

Mode of delivery: Online learning

Learner Hours: Scheduled 24 hours & Independent 126 hours

School: Health & Social Work

Available places: 40


  • 09/04/2024

Fees and Funding


The price quoted above is per 15 credits and relates to students assessed as UK/home self-funded for fee purposes. Prices may differ for students that are assessed as EU Overseas/Overseas. Fees status will normally stay with the student for the remainder of their course. Here you can find further details along with, costs and when your fees need to be paid. You may be able to obtain a Post Graduate student loan, for which you must sign up for the whole MSc programme and not just individual modules or a Post Graduate Diploma, further details can be found at Master’s Loan

Entry Requirements


The normal entry requirements for the programme are: 


§  Applicants are registered with Social Work England or another health regulatory body. 

§  Candidates hold a first degree in social work or a health degree – those who do not have a first degree or equivalent are expected to evidence successful completion of at least 30 credits of Level 6 study. 

§  Applicants meet any pre-requisites identified in the individual DMDs of each module studied. 

§  Employed within a social work or health environment with appropriate qualifying experience. 



The programme is subject to the University's Principles, Policies and Regulations for the Admission of Students to Undergraduate and Taught Postgraduate Programmes, along with associated procedures.  


If you are interested in applying for the MSc Advanced Social Work programme, please contact the programme leader Carole Galloway in the first instance to discuss.


Course Overview

Shared Decision Making (SDM) is an innovative emerging practice in both health and social care, which has become even more necessary during the Covid-19 context.

This course is designed for social workers and other health and social care professionals, who want to gain an in depth understanding of the process and outcomes of decision making, and the skills for implanting it in their own practice. It is a part-time course offering online teaching.

Course Aim

To enable learners to become:

- knowledgeable about SDM in health and social care, nationally and internationally,

- process and likely outcomes of SDM, as well as decision making aids,

- focus on implementing SDM in the learners’ own practice.

- familiar with evaluating key approaches to shared decision making across different Health and Social Care services, age groups, and wellbeing issues.


This course introduces the student to a relatively new way of approaching shared decision making in health and social care internationally, which focuses on shared exchange of scientific and experiential knowledge between service users and service providers. In doing so, the module follows the coproduction approach which has originated in social work, alongside the strengths- based approach, aimed at optimising motivation and collaboration. Students will acquire knowledge of conceptual and practice approaches relevant to shared decision making in the context of health and social care, which are drawn from a wide variety of disciplines including philosophy and ethics, risk avoidance and risk taking considerations, service user involvement,  clinical reasoning, and values based decision making. Throughout, students will develop their critical thinking skills, learn to use relevant shared decision-making aids, look at videos with service users and providers, evaluate existing research, with an emphasis on developing the skills necessary for implementing their learning to shared decision making in their own health and social care practice.

This module enables you to study an emerging area of personal interest within a professional context. You will develop an individually tailored outcomes-based programme of study with guidance from an academic tutor. Videos The topic chosen is relevant to a wide range of  professional practice. The choice of topic and learning outcomes will be the subject of negotiation between you and your practice supervisor.


A written case study focused on the student’s application of the Shared Decision Making approach.

Who teaches this course?

The module course is facilitated by Prof. Shulamit Ramon, a registered social worker and a chartered clinical psychologist with considerable experience in introducing shared decision making to both practitioners and people with lived experience in health and social care, as well as in researching this innovative practice method. Experts by Experience and senior practitioners from UK and other countries will contribute to the teaching too. You will be supported throughout the period of study.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding 


Successful students will typically: 

1. Identify and critique shared decision making in health and social care practice. 

2. Critically evaluate and apply shared decision-making types of knowledge and research evidence to complex decisions in health and social care. 


Skills and Attributes 


Successful students will typically: 

1. Critically appraise and apply approaches to shared decision making in health and social care contexts. 

2. Critically evaluate the role of personal and professional values in decision making. 

3. Acquire the skills necessary for the implementation of shared decision making in one’s own practice.