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…

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….

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…

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…

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…

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    

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…

DYNAMIC Project

  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…

Vision of the Realistic Medicine Steering Group in Tayside

Vision of the Realistic Medicine Steering Group in Tayside Realistic Medicine is a broad concept and in fact refers to Realistic Care. It relates to an approach that seeks to engage the Scottish people in their own health and social care and to do so with an increasingly shared understanding of what matters to each…

Transforming the Hand Surgery Assessment Pathway in the Western Isles

  Transforming the Hand Surgery Assessment Pathway in the Western Isles   NHS WI Tec Team, Orthopedic Team and NHSGGC Royal Infirmary based Orthopedic Hand Surgeon Grzegorz Sianos worked together to transform the hand surgery pathway for island patients. The development of the first in the country Hand Surgery Video Clinic based on the Attend…

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….

Project Lift

Health and social care is changing, and our health and care leaders must change too. We need leaders with vision, who believe that success comes through putting people at the heart of everything we do. We need to nurture and grow this culture where it exists, and enable all those coming into the workforce to…