The right words are crucial

A recent Healthcare Improvement Scotland blog was titled: The blog begins: “We know there are huge benefits to patients, the public and health and care services if people are at … Continue reading The right words are crucial

Being told you are in the “mortality relegation zone”

This post is based on an Editorial published in the BMJ on 27 September 2017: Identifying frailty in primary care. The full article can be read here.

Might the experts themselves be confused?

I recently read a British Geriatrics Society (BGS) blog which was titled: “Antidementia medication may improve survival in Alzheimer’s disease”. Having read this blog several times I wrote to the … Continue reading Might the experts themselves be confused?

“Just a word”

In an official Medical Society Blog the following words were recently used in response to thoughts that I had submitted on a medical subject.  These singular words were put in inverted … Continue reading “Just a word”

Frailty – nothing about us without us

In September 2016, Professor Martin Vernon, National Clinical Director for Older People and Integrated Care at NHS England stated why diagnosing frailty is important: In the same month Professor David Oliver … Continue reading Frailty – nothing about us without us

If NHS Scotland has been genetically-modified with QI

It is most welcome to hear from Philippa Whitford about positive outcomes of NHS Scotland’s collaborative approach to quality improvement and the learning that this might provide for the rest … Continue reading If NHS Scotland has been genetically-modified with QI

We are far more than our labels

“National Improvement” work for older people has focused on Frailty and in NHS Scotland we are reminded by healthcare Improvement Scotland to “THINK frailty” This short film is based on … Continue reading We are far more than our labels

To learn from and cherish

In the Scottish Herald on the 1st October 2016: reminded us all that:   and suggested that we:   Rebecca McQuillan  worried, as I do, that:   Our treasured NHS … Continue reading To learn from and cherish

Validation of an OPAC delirium tool

In this post I wish to explore validation of one of the tools recommended by Healthcare Improvement Scotland to identify delirium in acute hospital. The website for the 4AT can … Continue reading Validation of an OPAC delirium tool