Social Values and Health

Catherine is currently overseeing the patient and public involvement for a Department of Health and Social Care responsive research unit ‘Health Protection and Improvement with Operational Research’ (HAPIOR) led by Professor Alec Morton, University of Strathclyde and Professor Martin Utley, University College London.  HAPIOR is focusing on policy and methodology relating to vaccination and antibiotics.  It will offer research and advice about how decisions should be made, not what decisions should be made (about a particular vaccine or drug). This includes consideration of which social values should inform investment and disinvestment decisions in health protection programmes of this nature.

Previously, Catherine supported research by Professor Peter Littlejohns and Dr Katharina Kieslich (King’s College, London) by testing the contents and concept of their Decision-Making Audit Tool (DMAT) to help patients and the public work alongside NHS, local authority and other professionals to make decisions about what services to commission or fund (or stop funding). You can read more about DMAT in the BMJ Open article Does accountability for reasonableness work?

Catherine also  worked with the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) to review the social value judgement principles which underpin their decisions on how health and social care resources are allocated.  She helped Citizens Council members explore and articulate what they understand by equity and efficiency in this context and what other values should shape NICE’s approach. Read more about the Citizens Council meeting and the public consultation on social values here.