Revolutionary Road

A few extracts from ‘Revolutionary Road’ by Richard Yates:

What matters to me

‘What matters to you?’ day occurs each year at the beginning of the summer and aims to encourage and support more meaningful conversations between people who provide health and social … Continue reading What matters to me

Healthcare Improvement Scotland was “not aware”

Organisational Duty of Candour was enacted , after full approval by the Scottish Parliament, on the 1st April 2018. On the 18th April 2018, Healthcare Improvement Scotland stated: “We fully … Continue reading Healthcare Improvement Scotland was “not aware”

“Our voice”: is it actually ours?

Healthcare Improvement Scotland has completed its consultation on the role of the Scottish Health Council. This followed on from careful scrutiny by the Scottish Parliament. The Scottish Health Council is … Continue reading “Our voice”: is it actually ours?

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