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…

Out of adversity comes opportunity: Dr Dave Rigby on interface working in the Western Isles

The pandemic created an understandable feeling of fear and uncertainty across NHS Scotland staff while all areas prepared for the unknown. NHSWI was no different to any other area in this regard. Being on an island chain the ability to meet had always been an issue both within primary care and across the primary/secondary care…

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…

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

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.  

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…

Dr Margaret Whoriskey, Head of the Scottish Government’s Technology Enabled Care programme, on how remote monitoring can improve patient care

As a key programme of work for Technology Enabled Care, we are committed to extending and expanding remote health assessments, monitoring and treatments for patients, and making it more convenient to access timely services. This will provide a wide choice of ‘digital first’ health experiences, for those that want it, across a range of digital…

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…

Reflections from Dr Peter O’Brien, Project Lead for the ICU Recovery Coordinator Value Improvement Fund project

“Abandoned”, “isolated”, “alone” were just some of words shared by survivors and their families, following an episode of critical illness requiring intensive care. Not only did the patient not know the person they had become, families didn’t recognise the relative they brought home. These recovery stories were shared following attendance at our post-intensive care rehabilitation…

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.

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…

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…