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Choosing Wisely

Birmingham, Cannon Street, Imagine Room, The Studio
Lectures Talks and Workshops, Social Sciences
Tuesday 19th January 2016 (16:00-18:30)
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The West Midlands Branch Research and Development Committee and the Health Services Management Centre, University of Birmingham would like to invite you to attend this special seminar titled: ‘Choosing Wisely – the organisational and cultural changes of clinical resource stewardship.’

About this seminar: Choosing Wisely started as a clinician-led initiative in the USA and then spread to
Canada with the aim “to promote conversations between doctors and patients by helping patients
choose care that is:

  • Supported by evidence
  • Not duplicative of other tests or procedures already received
  • Free from harm
  • Truly necessary

'Choosing Wisely' is now being taken up in a number of countries across the world in Europe, Asia and

Inappropriate clinical interventions have been subject of discussion in UK context for some time but this
agenda has been galvanised by the BMJ campaign – ‘Too Much medicine’. The Academy of Royal
Colleges is now taking forward discussions with the Royal Colleges, Specialist Societies, and Clinical
Groups, in conjunction with patient groups, to develop lists of interventions whose necessity is
questioned. The initiative is being framed as a quality initiative and not as a means by which costs might
be cut. It therefore needs to be seen to be led by clinicians and patients and is likely to require some
fundamental culture change, to change patient expectations and encourage clinicians to be resource

Different perspectives on this agenda will be provided by Professor Sir Muir Gray, HSMC’s Dr Iestyn
Williams and Dr Tessa Lewis. The event will be chaired and facilitated by HSMC’s Director, Professor
Judith Smith.

Tea/ coffee will be available from 4.00pm with light refreshments afterwards, and opportunities for

There is no charge to attend this event, but with only 50 places available please book early.

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