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One of the main aims of Realistic Medicine is for people using healthcare services and their families to feel empowered to discuss their treatment fully with healthcare professionals, including the possibility that a suggested treatment might come with side effects – or even negative outcomes. Everyone should feel able to ask their healthcare professional why they’ve suggested a test, treatment or procedure, and all decisions about a person’s care should be made jointly between the individual and their healthcare team.

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Realistic News

Value Improvement Fund 2022/23- EXTENDED DEADLINE

Value Improvement Fund 2022/23- EXTENDED DEADLINE

December 22, 2021

Given the predicted impact of the Omicron variant over the coming months, we have decided to extend the application process for Realistic Medicine Value Improvement Fund bids this year. We are now asking social care applicants to return applications to the Scottish Government by 11 February, and for health board applicants to submit applications to…

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National Demand Optimisation Group (NDOG) Phase IV Report published

National Demand Optimisation Group (NDOG) Phase IV Report published

October 19, 2021

The National Demand Optimisation Group (NDOG) has presented their Phase IV Report, which was published on the Scottish Government website on 11 October 2021. The Scottish Government has funded the National Demand Optimisation Group (NDOG) since its establishment in 2016, under the auspices of the Healthcare Science National Delivery Plan (NDP). The objective of the…

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NHS Lanarkshire Realistic Medicine Conference – 25 November

NHS Lanarkshire Realistic Medicine Conference – 25 November

November 9, 2021

The NHS Lanarkshire ‘Realistic Medicine: Back to the Future’ conference will take place on Thursday 25 November from 9.30am to 4pm. The conference will be delivered by both attendance and virtually via Microsoft Teams. Attendance in person will be limited to 20 places. To book a place, please email LQA.RealisticMedicineTraining@lanarkshire.scot.nhs.uk The conference is open to…

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Latest blog posts

Michael Stewart from Central Legal Office Discusses The Relationship Between Realistic Medicine and Consent

Michael Stewart from Central Legal Office Discusses The Relationship Between Realistic Medicine and Consent

June 24, 2022

Earlier this year I contributed to a Realistic Medicine symposium organised by colleagues at National Services Scotland. One of my themes was that the principles of Realistic Medicine and shared decision making should not be regarded as optional add-ons for clinicians interested in the area, but were completely embedded in the current law on consent….

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Debbie McWilliam reflects on the Place of Birth Project in NHS Grampian

Debbie McWilliam reflects on the Place of Birth Project in NHS Grampian

February 15, 2022

I am going to begin with a quote made popular by the magnificent Maya Angelou “People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel”. I’m sure that you can relate to this quote, we all can both in our personal and professional…

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Dr Shobhan Thakore on the ReSPECT public information campaign in NHS Tayside

Dr Shobhan Thakore on the ReSPECT public information campaign in NHS Tayside

December 22, 2021

Within NHS Tayside I am Associate Medical Lead for Quality Management, and Clinical Lead for Realistic Medicine. In our health board, a key Realistic Medicine project has commenced to test ReSPECT (Recommended Summary Plan for Emergency Care and Treatment), which is a process that involves a conversation between patients and healthcare staff to create individualised…

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Reflections from Dr Paul Baughan on Anticipatory Care Planning

Reflections from Dr Paul Baughan on Anticipatory Care Planning

November 22, 2021

What matters most to me when I am feeling stressed or under pressure, is the ability to escape into the countryside to exercise. Gyms and treadmills do not work – it must be the open air, seeing, enjoying and experiencing nature. I am fortunate to have hills to climb, trails to run and great cycle…

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An introduction to melting pot lunches, from Dr Catherine Labinjoh, NHS Forth Valley

An introduction to melting pot lunches, from Dr Catherine Labinjoh, NHS Forth Valley

November 8, 2021

In Forth Valley, we are always looking for new and interesting ways to share Realistic Medicine and build our Realistic Medicine network. Just like everyone else, we have had to think differently about how we do this in the post-pandemic era. Inspired by Kaleidoscope, a health and care consultancy , we embarked on a series…

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Out of adversity comes opportunity: Dr Dave Rigby on interface working in the Western Isles

Out of adversity comes opportunity: Dr Dave Rigby on interface working in the Western Isles

October 12, 2021

The pandemic created an understandable feeling of fear and uncertainty across NHS Scotland staff while all areas prepared for the unknown. NHSWI was no different to any other area in this regard. Being on an island chain the ability to meet had always been an issue both within primary care and across the primary/secondary care…

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