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The Art of Decision Making: How can we learn from the experience of clinicians?

About the Lecture

Clinicians strive to make wise decisions to enable people to achieve optimal health, occupational engagement and quality of life. In this lecture, Professor Harries will explain how we can capture the experience of clinicians and use their models to educate novices to make better decisions. She will share her work on supporting professionals from across the health, social care and the finance sector to make more expert judgements in a range of domains: determining clinical fitness-to-drive, prioritising referrals to NHS services, detecting and preventing older adults from financial abuse and predicting life expectancy in end-of-life care.

About Professor Priscilla Harries

Professor Priscilla Harries, Dip.COT, MSc, PhD, FHEA, FCOT, is Professor of Occupational Therapy and Head of Clinical Sciences at Brunel University London.

Priscilla worked as an occupational therapist in the clinical fields of neurosurgery, neurology and mental health at the Maudsley Hospital. As the Head of Clinical Sciences at Brunel University London she leads 80 academics and 1000 students across the disciplines of occupational therapy, physiotherapy, nursing, social work, physician associate, health economics and public health.

She is the UK elected Chair of the Research and Development Board for the College of Occupational Therapists and a member of the College's Council.  She is an appointed Clinical Academic mentor for Health Education England and the National Institute for Health Research.  She is the former Chair of the Editorial Board for the British Journal of Occupational Therapy. Her research has been funded by the ESRC, MRC, UKOTRF, Motability Operations, NHS Charitable Trusts and the HEA. Her research interests are in judgement and decision-making, clinical reasoning, and the study of intuitive expert thinking.