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Demonstrating professionalism through approach, behaviour and attitudes of Realistic Medicine

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Welcome from the Chief Medical Officer

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.

“By 2025, everyone who provides healthcare in Scotland will demonstrate their professionalism through the approaches, behaviours and attitudes of Realistic Medicine.”  Dr Catherine Calderwood, Chief Medical Officer

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Realistic News

General Medical Council guidance on Decision Making and Consent

General Medical Council guidance on Decision Making and Consent

January 15, 2021

The General Medical Council has published updated guidance on decision making and consent for healthcare professionals. This valuable guidance provides a framework to help doctors practise shared decision making and support their patients to make healthcare decisions that are right for them.    

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CMO Dr Gregor Smith’s video on Health Literacy

CMO Dr Gregor Smith’s video on Health Literacy

January 15, 2021

To mark Health Literacy Month in October 2020, CMO Dr Gregor Smith issued a blogpost on the NHS Health Literacy Place website, speaking about the importance of health literacy, in particular with regard to our response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  

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ACEP Speciality prescribing report and template

ACEP Speciality prescribing report and template

January 20, 2020

NHS Ayrshire & Arran Acute Care Specialty Effective Prescribing Reviews   NHS Ayrshire & Arran has established an Acute Care Effective Prescribing Group (ACEPG). The group has been tasked with reviewing quality and effectiveness of all areas of prescribing within Acute Care in NHS Ayrshire & Arran. To support this work the ACEPG has carried…

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