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NHS Lanarkshire Realistic Medicine Conference – 25 November
9 Nov 2021

NHS Lanarkshire Realistic Medicine Conference – 25 November

The NHS Lanarkshire ‘Realistic Medicine: Back to the Future’ conference will take place on Thursday 25 November from 9.30am to 4pm. The conference will be delivered by both attendance and virtually via Microsoft Teams. Attendance in person will be limited to 20 places. To book a place, please email LQA.RealisticMedicineTraining@lanarkshire.scot.nhs.uk The conference is open to…

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National Demand Optimisation Group (NDOG) Phase IV Report published
19 Oct 2021

National Demand Optimisation Group (NDOG) Phase IV Report published

The National Demand Optimisation Group (NDOG) has presented their Phase IV Report, which was published on the Scottish Government website on 11 October 2021. The Scottish Government has funded the National Demand Optimisation Group (NDOG) since its establishment in 2016, under the auspices of the Healthcare Science National Delivery Plan (NDP). The objective of the…

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Webinar recording – What can we learn from NASA about leadership?
17 Aug 2021

Webinar recording – What can we learn from NASA about leadership?

On 29th July, the Chief Medical Officer, Dr Gregor Smith, hosted a conversation between two senior leaders at NASA, Dr JD Polk, Chief Health and Medical Officer, and Nigel Packham, Ph.D, Associate Director of Safety and Mission Assurance. The session focused on what they have learned over the course of their careers about compassionate, effective…

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Flash Report from Realistic Medicine Teams Networking event on 23 June 2021
29 Jul 2021

Flash Report from Realistic Medicine Teams Networking event

On 23 June 2021, representatives from Health Board Realistic Medicine Teams joined a networking session to share learning and discuss future priorities. A flash report has been created, to record the themes and feedback from this discussion. The next networking event is currently scheduled for 29 September.  

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Lessons in value from Value Improvement Fund Project Leads
20 Jul 2021

Lessons in value from Value Improvement Fund Project Leads

The Realistic Medicine Value Improvement Fund provides funding for improvement projects within Health Boards, that are taking an innovative approach to improving patient care and outcomes. Three Project Leads from our 2018-2020 round of funding have kindly shared their “Lessons in Value” with us. Providing Virtual Primary Care Pharmacists to all NHS Western Isles Practices…

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It’s OK to Ask – Public messaging campaign from NHS Scotland
12 May 2021

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…

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Health Board Spotlight: Dr Alastair Ireland on Realistic Medicine in NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde
11 May 2021

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…

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Attendee feedback: CMO Annual Report 2020-2021 webinar launch
12 Apr 2021

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.

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National Demand Optimisation Group (NDOG) Phase III Report and Phase IV re-focus on COVID-19 pandemic monitoring
12 Apr 2021

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…

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Treatment Escalation Plan (TEP) guidance and training from NHS Lanarkshire
8 Apr 2021

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…

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

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.

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CMO Annual Report 2020 – 2021: Recover, Restore, Renew
17 Mar 2021

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…

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