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Treatment Escalation Plan (TEP) guidance and training from NHS Lanarkshire
8 Apr 2021

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…

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Annual Report 2020 – 2021: Recover, Restore, Renew
17 Mar 2021

Annual Report 2020 – 2021: Recover, Restore, Renew

The Chief Medical Officer has today published his annual report for 2020 – 2021: Recover, Restore, Renew.   The report provides the opportunity to reflect on our shared experience of the pandemic and highlight areas of good practice and innovation over the last year. It also provides the opportunity for us to identify areas that require…

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CMO Annual Report Online Launch Event with Professor Victor Montori: 17 March 2021, 2-4 pm
16 Feb 2021

CMO Annual Report Online Launch Event with Professor Victor Montori: 17 March 2021, 2-4 pm

  Register now   CMO Annual Report Online Launch Event:  17 March 2021, 2-4 pm   Join us for the launch of the CMO Annual Report to find out more about some of the challenges stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic, and how practising Realistic Medicine is helping health & care professionals to deliver more personalised…

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CMO Dr Gregor Smith’s video on Health Literacy
15 Jan 2021

CMO Dr Gregor Smith’s video on Health Literacy

To mark Health Literacy Month in October 2020, CMO Dr Gregor Smith issued a blogpost on the NHS Health Literacy Place website, speaking about the importance of health literacy, in particular with regard to our response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  

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ACEP Speciality prescribing report and template
20 Jan 2020

ACEP Speciality prescribing report and template

NHS Ayrshire & Arran Acute Care Specialty Effective Prescribing Reviews   NHS Ayrshire & Arran has established an Acute Care Effective Prescribing Group (ACEPG). The group has been tasked with reviewing quality and effectiveness of all areas of prescribing within Acute Care in NHS Ayrshire & Arran. To support this work the ACEPG has carried…

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E-learning module on shared decision making
10 Dec 2019

E-learning module on shared decision making

An online e-learning module on shared decision making is now live: https://learn.nes.nhs.scot/24729 The module, developed by NES, gives healthcare professionals some practical guidance and tips on how to use shared decision making in their conversations. One of the recommendations from the Citizens’ Jury was for health and care professionals to have access to training in…

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Bringing the back office to the front lines of health care
5 Dec 2019

Bringing the back office to the front lines of health care

Bringing the back office to the front lines of health care By Gordon Oates, National Procurement’s Technology Enhancement Programme Manager (NHS National Services Scotland) Data is fast becoming the world’s most valuable commodity. Over recent years, the insight and knowledge extracted from data has opened up new opportunities for people, businesses and governments. It’s helped…

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The Charter of Patient Rights and Responsibilities has been revised
22 Nov 2019

The Charter of Patient Rights and Responsibilities has been revised

The Charter of Patient Rights and Responsibilities has been revised Everyone who uses NHS services in Scotland has rights about how they access and receive their care. These rights ensure people are treated safely, fairly and effectively, and with consideration, dignity and respect. It’s important that you know your rights and understand what you can…

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The Care Home Continence Improvement Project
10 Nov 2019

The Care Home Continence Improvement Project

The Care Home Continence Improvement Project Applying the principles of Realistic Medicine at NSS – continence care case study The Care Home Continence Improvement project, developed by NHS National Procurement, part of NHS National Services Scotland, is a great example of a project which used the principles of Realistic Medicine to improve outcomes for not…

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Case Study – NHS Orkney
30 Sep 2019

Case Study - NHS Orkney

“Realistic Medicine” has prompted and supported changes to the way NHS Orkney deliver maternity care for women with diabetes in a remote setting   The aim is to provide as much care locally as is safely possible, reducing unnecessary and costly travel and disruption for women and families and avoiding taking up unnecessary appointment times…

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Value Improvement Fund
30 Sep 2019

Value Improvement Fund

Value Improvement Fund The second round of the Value Improvement Fund resulting in the funding of 10 bids. The successful applications can be found here: Value Improvment Fund – 2019-20 and 2020-21 – Successful Projects Value Improvement Fund – NHS Lanarkshire – The use of 5 Questions healthcare education within a seconday school in North…

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What does Realistic Medicine mean for my organisation?
4 Sep 2019

What does Realistic Medicine mean for my organisation?

What does Realistic Medicine mean for my organisation? Dr Alex Stirling explains what Realistic Medicine really means for NHS National Services Scotland (NSS). Speaking as NSS’s Clinical Lead for Realistic Medicine Dr Stirling explained: “As a Consultant in public health I’m used to looking at different areas and topics from a holistic point of view….

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