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

Quality Improvement and Ethics

In a recent Healthcare Improvement Scotland blog, Karen Ritchie asked: “Do we need perfect evidence when making decisions?” I posted this response on the 26th September 2017: Dear Karen, What … Continue reading Quality Improvement and Ethics

“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

“Sometimes they want to disengage. It’s a personal choice”

The only person I have ever had to block from my e-mail account has been Professor David Oliver. I did so as he was denigrating me in public. What follows … Continue reading “Sometimes they want to disengage. It’s a personal choice”

‘Progress depends on the unreasonable man’

Professor David Oliver is a doctor that I have huge respect for. His views, as expressed in the BMJ, and thus in short form, generally accord with mine [this is an … Continue reading ‘Progress depends on the unreasonable man’

Quality Improvement and ethics

Response by Dr Sian F Gordon and Dr Peter J Gordon, 4 June 2017 This Acute Perspective by Dr David Oliver has our interest, in part because we all embarked … Continue reading Quality Improvement and ethics

‘It was odd being dead’

This is a fictional film. It is about a teddy bear, Dr Hale Bopp and a day of two halves. In the morning Dr Hale Bopp goes exploring in the Scottish … Continue reading ‘It was odd being dead’

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