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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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Lessons in value from Value Improvement Fund Project Leads

Lessons in value from Value Improvement Fund Project Leads

July 20, 2021

The Realistic Medicine Value Improvement Fund provides funding for improvement projects within Health Boards, that are taking an innovative approach to improving patient care and outcomes. Three Project Leads from our 2018-2020 round of funding have kindly shared their “Lessons in Value” with us. Providing Virtual Primary Care Pharmacists to all NHS Western Isles Practices…

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It’s OK to Ask – Public messaging campaign from NHS Scotland

It’s OK to Ask – Public messaging campaign from NHS Scotland

May 12, 2021

NHS Scotland have launched a public campaign to support patients and health and care professionals to have positive conversations about care and treatment. The key message of the campaign is that it’s okay to ask questions of health and care professionals. NHS Scotland have suggested four key questions for patients to ask: What are the…

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Health Board Spotlight: Dr Alastair Ireland on Realistic Medicine in NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde

Health Board Spotlight: Dr Alastair Ireland on Realistic Medicine in NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde

May 11, 2021

At our recent Realistic Medicine Teams Networking session on 31 March, updates and learning was shared between Health Boards across Scotland. Dr Alastair Ireland, Realistic Medicine Clinical Lead for NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde, updated the network on progress within GG&C, including on Treatment Escalation Plan resources and implementation, the development of communication training, and…

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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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