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This article has been double-blind peer reviewedPrinciples of best practice and barriers to their implementationCentral role of collaboration in nursing practiceArguments in favour of collaboration as the seventh ‘C’ of nursingAuthor Hanneke Wiltjer is lecturer in nursing at the University of Bolton. Current best practice in nursing is based on the principles of person-centred care, shared decision making and multidisciplinary teamwork. When applying these principles to practice, nurses engage in intensive collaboration with colleagues, patients and relatives. Collaboration is crucial in everyday practice and should be considered a core value of nursing.CitationWiltjer H (2017) Why collaboration should count as a core value of nursing. Nursing Times; 113: 12, 49-50.