My reply to Dame Denise Coia

Sunday 8th July 2018, Bridge of Allan. Dear Dame Coia, I received your reply to my open letter yesterday. I wanted to write and thank you for your most helpful … Continue reading My reply to Dame Denise Coia

Healthcare Improvement Scotland and Realistic Medicine

Last week I sent an open letter to the Chair of Healthcare Improvement Scotland on Realistic Medicine in NHS Scotland. I have received this prompt reply: I am sure that … Continue reading Healthcare Improvement Scotland and Realistic Medicine

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.

“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

The only absolute non-stops

This film is about the road over the Capel o’ Mount in Scotland and a ruined Inn called Knowegreens. The Only Absolute Non-Stops from omphalos Music credits: (1) ‘Beyond the … Continue reading The only absolute non-stops

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