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The future of the NHS in Scotland

The future of the NHS in Scotland: innovation, efficiency and 'realistic medicine'

Following the publication of the Chief Medical Officer’s first annual report in January 2016 “Realistic Medicine” this seminar will provide a timely opportunity for delegates to discuss the future of the NHS in Scotland and the subject of realistic medicine.

Delegates will discuss how the health service can reduce the negative impact on patients of over-investigation and over-treatment through more research into the impact of extra medicine on patients, particularly those suffering from multiple complex conditions, and increased attempts to support individual and population lifestyle changes.

Further planned sessions will look at the Scottish Government’s National Clinical Strategy, published in February 2016, which calls for a renewed focus on a personalised approach to care that incorporates shared decision making and promotes innovation. Delegates will consider the strategy as a method of better managing clinical risk and reducing unwarranted levels of variation in healthcare practices and outcomes across Scotland.

The seminar will bring together key stakeholders including members of the Scottish Government and Parliament, health consumer organisations, trade unions, local government, representatives of healthcare and pharmaceutical industries, academia, interested and affected charities and user groups, and representatives of the trade and national press.

Dr Catherine Calderwood, Chief Medical Officer, The Scottish Government has agreed to deliver a keynote address.

Dr Lindsay Burley, Chair, NHS Education for Scotland; Anne Marie Cavanagh, Nurse Director, Golden Jubilee National Hospital, NHS Scotland; Professor Elizabeth Ireland, Chair, NHS National Services for Scotland; Dr Miles Mack, Chair, RCGP Scotland and Dr Brian Montgomery, Chair, Review of Access to New Medicines have agreed to deliver keynote addresses.


Donald Cameron MSP, Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party has kindly agreed to chair a session at this seminar.

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09:00 – 17:00
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Westminster Forum Projects

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