Shared Decision Making

Shared Decision Making

Harrogate and Rural District CCG is committed to promoting patient centred care, increasing patient choice and involving people in making decisions about the right course of treatment for them. The CCG is supporting NHS England’s vision to ensure ‘no decision about me, without me’ becomes a reality.

The CCG has introduced Shared Decision Making across Harrogate and Rural District to empower patients and support those who want to be involved in clinical decision making about their care.

Shared Decision Making is a process in which patients are supported and encouraged to participate in decisions about their treatment when there is more than one reasonable option available. The clinician provides the expertise on the condition, treatment options and benefits and risks, and patients are helped to work through any questions they may have, explore the options available, and take a treatment route which best suits their needs and preferences.

Key features of Shared Decision Making are that information is made available to the patient, and support is provided to help the patient reach their decision with their clinician. We believe that this will lead to new relationships between patients, carers and clinicians.

For further information on Shared Decision Making, please click here to visit the NHS England website.

Decision Aids

Decision aids are online tools to help patients make decisions about their healthcare choices. They include option grids and patient decision aids.

They are designed to help patients understand and consider the pros and cons of possible treatment options and to encourage communication between them and their healthcare professionals.

They feature evidence-based information, images, diagrams and animations.  There are aids for some of the most common conditions and many more are in development.

For more information on Option Grids, please click here.

For more information on Patient Decision Aids (PDAs), please click here.

You can also visit the NHS Choices website for comprehensive health information and advice at Patient information is also available at

Please note: All Patient Decision Aids should be read in conjunction with locally determined Clinical Thresholds

If you would like any of these documents in a different format, for example in large print, audio CD/MP3 file or in another language, please email, call 01423 799300 or discuss with your GP.

Frequently used Patient Decision Aids 

Please click on the links below to download a number of frequently used patient decision aids:

Deciding what to do about osteoarthritis of the hip
Deciding what to do about heavy menstrual bleeding (menorrhagia)
Deciding what to do about acne
Deciding what to do about lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS)
Deciding what to do about osteoarthritis of the knee