Realistic Medicine Conference 2024

We are delighted to host the Realistic Medicine Annual Conference at the  Technology and Innovation Centre in Glasgow on 22 April 2024 (09:00-16:30).

The conference provides an excellent opportunity to hear from a range of speakers on the themes of Value Based Health & Care, sustainability and health inequalities, as well as an opportunity to meet and network with fellow Realistic Medicine colleagues.

Programme and presentations for each of the speakers can be found below:

Welcome –  Professor Sir Gregor Smith, Chief Medical Officer for Scotland

Keynote 1: Climate and Sustainability – Maria Gaden, Head of Department, Centre for Sustainable Hospitals, Central Denmark Region

Breakout Sessions 1:

Breakout Sessions 2 

Big Challenges and Value Based Health & Care – Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Professor Graham Ellis. 

Six Principles from the CMO Report – Chief Medical Officer for Scotland, Professor Sir Gregor Smith 

Keynote 2: Careful and Kind Care – Professor Victor Montori, Professor of Medicine, Mayo Clinic, Minnesota 

Closing Remarks 

Please note – this event took place on 22nd April 2024


Keynote Speakers


Victor Montori

Victor M. Montori, MD is the Robert H. and Susan M. Rewoldt Professor of Medicine at Mayo Clinic. An endocrinologist, health services researcher, and care activist, Dr. Montori is the author of more than 750 peer-reviewed publications and is among the most cited researchers in clinical medicine and in social science. He is a recognized expert in evidence-based medicine, shared decision making, and minimally disruptive medicine. He works in Rochester, Minnesota, at Mayo Clinic’s KER Unit, to advance person-centered care for patients with diabetes and other chronic conditions. He is the author of the book Why We Revolt, and is leading a movement, a Patient Revolution, for Careful and Kind Care for all.





Maria Gaden

Maria Gaden is head of department at Center for Sustainable Hospitals (CfSH) in Central Denmark Region. CfSH is addressing sustainability in healthcare in a broad sense, focusing on the transition towards Circular Economy, through a number of leading clinical projects, where the challenges and potentials linked to both clinical behaviour, products, guidelines, legal framework and organisational culture is analysed, tested and implemented. We want to know, and then we want to know how to do it. Maria’s experience and expertise comes from years of clinical experience as a midwife, a diploma in clinical supervision, an international masters degree in Leadership & Innovation in Complex Systems (LAICS), and from leading projects and processes, mobilizing the transition towards sustainable hospitals in CDR


Dominique Allwood

Dominique is Chief Medical Officer for UCLPartners, a large health innovation partnership covering a population of 5 million people, 15 provider organisations and 4 universities across North London and Essex leading a range of work across the innovation pipeline.  She is also Director of Population Health at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, one of the largest hospitals in England leading work to improve population health and equity. She holds additional roles of Senior Visiting Fellow at the Health Foundation, Programme Director at The King’s Fund, and Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer at Imperial College London.  She has almost 20 years of experience in healthcare as a medical doctor, a public health physician, and in healthcare leadership and management. She has worked in a range of NHS provider and commissioning organisations, policy, academia, think tanks, and in management consultancy.

Dominique has a number of interests including improving population health and equity, clinical leadership and engagement, quality improvement, learning health systems, anchor institutions, net zero, and systems leadership. She has published over 40 peer-reviewed papers and is an Associate Editor of the BMJ Leader Journal. Dominique is a Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health, holds an MPH, and recently completed an MBA at Henley Business School. She is also a Governor of University College Hospital London, a Board Member of The Patient Revolution and a member of the Scientific Advisory Committee of The Healthcare Improvement Studies Institute, Cambridge University.

Conference Presentations


Climate and Sustainability – Maria Gaden

Careful and Kind Care – Professor Victor Montori

Breakout sessions

How to…measure shared decision making

How to…collect and use feedback stories

How to…involve the public

How to…support people to be living better for longer

How to…reduce harm and waste

How to…make every opportunity count

How to…tackle inequalities