Debbie McWilliam reflects on the Place of Birth Project in NHS Grampian

I am going to begin with a quote made popular by the magnificent Maya Angelou “People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel”. I’m sure that you can relate to this quote, we all can both in our personal and professional…

Dr Shobhan Thakore on the ReSPECT public information campaign in NHS Tayside

Within NHS Tayside I am Associate Medical Lead for Quality Management, and Clinical Lead for Realistic Medicine. In our health board, a key Realistic Medicine project has commenced to test ReSPECT (Recommended Summary Plan for Emergency Care and Treatment), which is a process that involves a conversation between patients and healthcare staff to create individualised…

Reflections from Dr Paul Baughan on Anticipatory Care Planning

What matters most to me when I am feeling stressed or under pressure, is the ability to escape into the countryside to exercise. Gyms and treadmills do not work – it must be the open air, seeing, enjoying and experiencing nature. I am fortunate to have hills to climb, trails to run and great cycle…

An introduction to melting pot lunches, from Dr Catherine Labinjoh, NHS Forth Valley

In Forth Valley, we are always looking for new and interesting ways to share Realistic Medicine and build our Realistic Medicine network. Just like everyone else, we have had to think differently about how we do this in the post-pandemic era. Inspired by Kaleidoscope, a health and care consultancy , we embarked on a series…

Out of adversity comes opportunity: Dr Dave Rigby on interface working in the Western Isles

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…

Dr Margaret Whoriskey, Head of the Scottish Government’s Technology Enabled Care programme, on how remote monitoring can improve patient care

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…

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…