Whose values?


A workbook for values-based practice

13 July 2004

People’s values differ enormously – what may be important to one individual may be of little significance to another. In order to work towards good practice in mental health care it is necessary to understand the importance of the role of values.

The aim of this workbook, first published in 2004, is to provide a framework for the analysis of values in practice. It is intended to raise awareness of how diverse values relate, interact and impact on experiences, actions and relationships in mental health care. The activities and information it contains facilitate and deepen the reflective process and will help you to develop key capabilities for mental health practice.

Since Whose values was published, values-based practice and increasingly values-based commissioning have grown in popularity in mental health services, building on the principles set out in this workbook.

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