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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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DYNAMIC Project
2 May 2019

The DYNAMIC Project: an innovative approach for COPD

  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…

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Publication of Personalising Realistic Medicine
29 Apr 2019

Publication of Personalising Realistic Medicine

  The Chief Medical Officer published her fourth report, Personalising Realistic Medicine, on the 25th of April 2019.   The report is available on the Scottish Government website. You can also read Catherine’s column all about the report in the Scotsman here.

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Vision of the Realistic Medicine Steering Group in Tayside
22 Mar 2019

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…

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Transforming the Hand Surgery Assessment Pathway in the Western Isles
20 Mar 2019

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…

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NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde’s Realistic Medicine training module
13 Feb 2019

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.

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Polypharmacy app
8 Oct 2018

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….

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Project Lift
8 Oct 2018

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…

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