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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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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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National Demand Optimisation Group (NDOG) Phase III Report and Phase IV re-focus on COVID-19 pandemic monitoring

National Demand Optimisation Group (NDOG) Phase III Report and Phase IV re-focus on COVID-19 pandemic monitoring

April 12, 2021

The recent publication of the CMO’s annual report for 2020 – 2021: Recover, Restore, Renew highlighted the importance of tackling unwarranted variation in practice and outcomes. Progress made in the delivery of the Healthcare Science National Delivery Plan 2015–2020 around adopting principles of a Realistic Medicine approach led to the publication of the National Demand…

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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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