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Realistic Medicine Survey 2018 – Summary Report
22 Jul 2019

Realistic Medicine Survey 2018 - Summary Report

In October 2018, a survey was distributed widely across the health and social care sector in Scotland to explore staff views on Realistic Medicine.  This report details the survey process, its findings and its implications for the further development and implementation of Realistic Medicine. Realistic Medicine Survey 2018 – Summary Report

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Realistic Medicine Resources – NHS Lanarkshire
19 Jul 2019

Realistic Medicine Resources - NHS Lanarkshire

Realistic Medicine Resources from NHS Lanarkshire NHS Lanarkshire have developed a range of resources to support the roll out of Realistic Medicine in the Health Board. These resources are available below: A 5 Questions poster and card design Five Questions Poster – Card A ‘5 Questions Answered’ design for use with cataract patients 5Qs Answered…

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Value Management Approach to Quality Improvement in the Intensive Care Unit, Crosshouse Hospital, NHS Ayrshire and Arran
19 Jul 2019

Value Management Approach to Quality Improvement in the Intensive Care Unit, Crosshouse Hospital, NHS Ayrshire and Arran

Value Management Approach to Quality Improvement in the Intensive Care Unit, University Hospital Crosshouse, NHS Ayrshire & Arran Critically ill patients will often need the help and support of intensive care. We are able to provide help and assistance to patients if their body is not able to cope with overwhelming sickness or injury. Common…

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A Simple Blood Test
19 Jul 2019

A Simple Blood Test

In the surgical department at Crosshouse hospital the majority of patients have a blood test taken daily. A blood test is often thought to be a simple investigation that can offer a significant amount of information to clinical staff about what may causing a patient’s symptoms. They are accessible and non-invasive when compared to other forms of investigation….

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Dr Catherine Calderwood on Good Morning Scotland
15 Jul 2019

Dr Catherine Calderwood on Good Morning Scotland

Dr Calderwood spoke to the BBC’s Good Morning Scotland about Realistic Medicine, growing up in Belfast, and her work as Chief Medical Officer. The programme is available on the BBC website until the 12th of August 2019. Catherine’s slot starts at around 30 minutes in.

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Using the Scottish Atlas of Healthcare Variation: Case Studies
1 Jul 2019

Using the Scottish Atlas of Healthcare Variation: Case Studies

Using the Scottish Atlas of Healthcare Variation: Case Studies The Scottish Atlas of Healthcare Variation is already being successfully used in a number of Boards. In May 2019, Dr Catherine Calderwood wrote to Medical Directors and Directors of Public Health to ask them to share their processes for reporting on the Atlas maps. CMO Letter…

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Living Realistically Event in Tayside May 2019
24 Jun 2019

Living Realistically Event in Tayside May 2019

Tayside Realistic Medicine Conference Programme   Morning Presentations 1 – S Thakore 09_30 AM RM Conference Intro 2 – A Coulson 10.00 RM conf pres 17.5.19 3 – F Benison 10.00 RM Presentation 4 – K Arrow RM presentation 5 – G Smith Tayside RM Conference 17 05 19 6 – R Mountain Mac 11.10…

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Realistic Medicine in NHS Borders
18 Jun 2019

Realistic Medicine in NHS Borders

Borders General Hospital Newsletter; 15 May Conference Poster and Presentation, Email charter and Feedback chart:   Borders – Realistic Medicine Newsletter Borders – Realistic Medicine Poster Borders – Personalising Realistic Medicine Presentation Borders – Email charter Borders – Realistic Medicine Feedback Chart      

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Leads Away Day – 12-13 March 2019 – Writeup
18 Jun 2019

Leads Away Day - 12/13 March 2019 - Writeup

Realistic Medicine – Leads Away Day 12-13 March 2019 – write up   DRIVER DIAGRAM POSTS What support/resources are needed? Clearer structure in Boards Performance Management Scale up – bigger – faster Rigour and criticism in implementing “new” projects in a Board Data to be analysed ISD atlas will get big, quickly – do we…

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Annual update – summaries of work to date and beyond
11 Jun 2019

Annual update - summaries of work to date and beyond

The Realistic Medicine Team in NHS Highland have developed brief summaries of the work they have done so far, as well as the work they have planned for 2019-2020.  You can access both documents here: NHS Highland – A year of RM in NHSH NHS Highland – Embedding Realistic Medicine NHSH 2019    

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Citizens’ Jury Recommendations
3 Jun 2019

Citizen's Jury Recommendations

In October and November last year, we held the first ever Citizens’ Jury on a health topic in Scotland. A Citizens’ Jury gathers together a group of people who are representative of the entire population, and allows them to consider evidence from a wide range of experts on a particular question: in this case, the…

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Shared Decision Making
30 May 2019

Shared Decision Making

What works to support and promote shared decision making: A synthesis of recent evidence Undertaken as part of a three month research internship with the Realistic Medicine policy team, this evidence review draws on recent international academic and policy literature applicable to Scotland to provide a summary of the evidence on how shared decision making…

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