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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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Developing a Leg Ulcer
16 May 2019

Developing a Leg Ulcer

Developing a Leg Ulcer Pathway   What did we do? In January 2018 the community nursing team in NHS Orkney recognised that there was no standardised process for the management of patients with leg ulceration, a group was formed to address this. Aims and objectives: To create a standardised approach to managing patients with leg…

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