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Demonstrating professionalism through approach, behaviour and attitudes of Realistic Medicine

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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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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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Flash Report from Realistic Medicine Teams Networking event on 23 June 2021

Flash Report from Realistic Medicine Teams Networking event on 23 June 2021

July 29, 2021

On 23 June 2021, representatives from Health Board Realistic Medicine Teams joined a networking session to share learning and discuss future priorities. A flash report has been created, to record the themes and feedback from this discussion. The next networking event is currently scheduled for 29 September.  

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Latest blog posts

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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Reflections from Dr Peter O’Brien, Project Lead for the ICU Recovery Coordinator Value Improvement Fund project

Reflections from Dr Peter O’Brien, Project Lead for the ICU Recovery Coordinator Value Improvement Fund project

April 23, 2021

“Abandoned”, “isolated”, “alone” were just some of words shared by survivors and their families, following an episode of critical illness requiring intensive care. Not only did the patient not know the person they had become, families didn’t recognise the relative they brought home. These recovery stories were shared following attendance at our post-intensive care rehabilitation…

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