Are there now more ‘toolkits’ in healthcare than in B & Q?

As an NHS doctor I was recently sent this “development toolkit”: Healthcare has become ever more reliant on tools, toolkits, dashboards, hubs and traffic lights. All those involved in healthcare … Continue reading Are there now more ‘toolkits’ in healthcare than in B & Q?

Glasgow Memory Clinic

I sent the following letter, dated 21 February 2018, to the Advertising Standards Authority and copied to Healthcare Improvement Scotland. In the letter I outline concerns about the advertising of … Continue reading Glasgow Memory Clinic

Costometer

This is a report from the Sunday Express, 21 January 2018. It reveals how the Scottish Government is allocating public money at a time when our NHS is struggling:

IHI International Forum: ‘How to convince your boss’

Next week,  the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) is having its International Forum in Florida. I was made aware of this through Healthcare Improvement Scotland. The cost for the conference … Continue reading IHI International Forum: ‘How to convince your boss’

#followthefellows

  Footnote: The two quotes about industrialisation and healthcare come from Intelligent Kindness by Ballat and Campling. The considerations on conferences are included in a this BMJ perspective This post … Continue reading #followthefellows

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

Patrick Geddes: insights into improving health and wellbeing

Sunday, 17th September 2017. To the Chair of Healthcare Improvement Scotland. Dear Dame Coia, I do hope that you may appreciate that I write out of the shared wish to … Continue reading Patrick Geddes: insights into improving health and wellbeing

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

Delirium screening (some years later)

Over three years ago I wrote this summary of my concerns about mandatory delirium screening. The consequences for me in writing this were life changing: the reality of having the courage to … Continue reading Delirium screening (some years later)

Improvement science: engineering 42 – ethics 0

In my last post I considered a “thought paper” entitled “The habits of an improver” and welcomed that critical thinking was considered a necessary habit. The word “engineer” or “engineering” … Continue reading Improvement science: engineering 42 – ethics 0

The habits of an improver

I have recently read this most interesting “thought paper” entitled “The habits of an improver” which was published by the Health Foundation in October 2015. Several months before this was … Continue reading The habits of an improver