Big Noise

Improving health, wellbeing, and life chances by making a ‘Big Noise’

Parkhead GPs

A number of pioneering schemes across Scotland have recently shown the potential of providing holistic support services in healthcare settings to help people address wider life circumstances affecting their health. In December 2015, two GP practices serving some of the most deprived communities in Scotland began a new experiment. Working with the doctors and practice…

Helping us Grow Group (HUGG)

This is a unique collaboration of families and staff in the neonatal unit of the Royal Hospital for Children in Glasgow. Their aim is to support parents to be primary caregivers for their baby, no matter how sick, in partnership with clinical staff. This is a model of Family Integrated Care (FIC). Two key elements…


  Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a major healthcare challenge. More and more people are being diagnosed with COPD, but patients aren’t able to access good quality care and treatment for their condition.   People with COPD can suffer from flare-ups of their condition, when their breathing becomes much worse than normal. These episodes…

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde’s Realistic Medicine training module

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde have developed a helpful introduction to Realistic Medicine for clinicians, health and care professionals, and members of the public. The module can be accessed here.

Polypharmacy app

‘Polypharmacy’ just means ‘many medications’. It has often been applied to people who take five or more pills for their health conditions. However, polypharmacy is not necessarily a bad thing. For example, people who have had a heart attack often take four different kinds of drugs – to improve blood flow and reduce blood pressure….

The Five Questions

Did you know that doctors are far less likely to choose certain kinds of treatment for themselves than the general population? 95% of doctors would not want to have cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) at the end of their lives, and 88% would choose not to have haemodialysis*. There are many reasons why doctors might choose to…