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You can read the Chief Medical Officer’s Annual Report 2020 – 2021, Recover, Restore, Renew, at the Scottish Government website.

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

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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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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Webinar recording – What can we learn from NASA about leadership?

Webinar recording – What can we learn from NASA about leadership?

August 17, 2021

On 29th July, the Chief Medical Officer, Dr Gregor Smith, hosted a conversation between two senior leaders at NASA, Dr JD Polk, Chief Health and Medical Officer, and Nigel Packham, Ph.D, Associate Director of Safety and Mission Assurance. The session focused on what they have learned over the course of their careers about compassionate, effective…

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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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Dr Margaret Whoriskey, Head of the Scottish Government’s Technology Enabled Care programme, on how remote monitoring can improve patient care

Dr Margaret Whoriskey, Head of the Scottish Government’s Technology Enabled Care programme, on how remote monitoring can improve patient care

July 1, 2021

As a key programme of work for Technology Enabled Care, we are committed to extending and expanding remote health assessments, monitoring and treatments for patients, and making it more convenient to access timely services. This will provide a wide choice of ‘digital first’ health experiences, for those that want it, across a range of digital…

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