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…

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 2020 – 2021: Recover, Restore, Renew

The Chief Medical Officer has today published his annual report for 2020 – 2021: Recover, Restore, Renew.   The report provides the opportunity to reflect on our shared experience of the pandemic and highlight areas of good practice and innovation over the last year. It also provides the opportunity for us to identify areas that require…

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.  

E-learning module on shared decision making

An online e-learning module on shared decision making is now live: https://learn.nes.nhs.scot/24729 The module, developed by NES, gives healthcare professionals some practical guidance and tips on how to use shared decision making in their conversations. One of the recommendations from the Citizens’ Jury was for health and care professionals to have access to training in…

The Charter of Patient Rights and Responsibilities has been revised

The Charter of Patient Rights and Responsibilities has been revised Everyone who uses NHS services in Scotland has rights about how they access and receive their care. These rights ensure people are treated safely, fairly and effectively, and with consideration, dignity and respect. It’s important that you know your rights and understand what you can…

Case Study – NHS Orkney

“Realistic Medicine” has prompted and supported changes to the way NHS Orkney deliver maternity care for women with diabetes in a remote setting   The aim is to provide as much care locally as is safely possible, reducing unnecessary and costly travel and disruption for women and families and avoiding taking up unnecessary appointment times…

What does Realistic Medicine mean for my organisation?

What does Realistic Medicine mean for my organisation? Dr Alex Stirling explains what Realistic Medicine really means for NHS National Services Scotland (NSS). Speaking as NSS’s Clinical Lead for Realistic Medicine Dr Stirling explained: “As a Consultant in public health I’m used to looking at different areas and topics from a holistic point of view….