Frailty and “common misunderstandings”

I recently submitted a response to a Healthcare Improvement Scotland blog titled “the right words are crucial to empower patients and the public”. Dr Graham Ellis, National Clinical Lead for … Continue reading Frailty and “common misunderstandings”

‘A formidable armoury’

The Chief Executive of Healthcare Improvement Scotland describes his organisation as “a formidable armoury”. I have often found myself wondering why healthcare leaders feel a need to use such military … Continue reading ‘A formidable armoury’

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?

#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

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 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

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

Improvement goggles

What follows are three slides taken from a talk given by Dr Brian Robson, Executive Clinical Director, Healthcare Improvement Scotland and IHI Fellow, given at the Edinburgh International Conference of … Continue reading Improvement goggles

How mechanical should healthcare be?

These two fliers are currently being shared by the Royal College of Psychiatrists:   The following words, it seems to me, are appearing more frequently in healthcare:   It is … Continue reading How mechanical should healthcare be?

Early detection: “We need critical thinking”

The following analysis: “Surge in publications on early detection” was recently published in the BMJ. The authors concluded that “we need more critical thinking and more studies that specifically target both … Continue reading Early detection: “We need critical thinking”

Improvement science and consent: a failure of NHS Governance

I am an employee of NHS Lothian and have been ‘sign posted’ to the “New Capacity and Consent intranet page: important information for all staff.” This is a screenshot taken on Friday … Continue reading Improvement science and consent: a failure of NHS Governance

Decline and Fall