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

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…

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

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…

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

“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…

Attendee feedback: CMO Annual Report 2020-2021 webinar launch

Post-event feedback received following the webinar launch of the CMO Annual Report 2020 – 2021: Restore, Recover, Renew, has been collated in the slide show below. Thank you to all attendees who submitted their feedback to us via Twitter and the post-event survey. Please click a slide to view the responses.

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

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…

Treatment Escalation Plan (TEP) guidance and training from NHS Lanarkshire

There are a growing number of people in Scotland living with multiple, complex and fluctuating health conditions for whom personalised, careful and kind care is vital. All elements of an emergency admission cannot be planned for, and although many people may have an Anticipatory Care Plan, it may not help when faced with decisions about…

The CMO Annual Report 2020-2021 launch webinar is now available on Vimeo

The CMO Annual Report Launch webinar featuring Dr Victor Montori : You can read the Chief Medical Officer’s Annual Report 2020 – 2021, Recover, Restore, Renew, at the Scottish Government website.

CMO Annual Report Online Launch Event with Professor Victor Montori: 17 March 2021, 2-4 pm

  Register now   CMO Annual Report Online Launch Event:  17 March 2021, 2-4 pm   Join us for the launch of the CMO Annual Report to find out more about some of the challenges stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic, and how practising Realistic Medicine is helping health & care professionals to deliver more personalised…

General Medical Council guidance on Decision Making and Consent

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.    

CMO Dr Gregor Smith’s video on Health Literacy

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.