Scotland Policy Conferences

Priorities for the NHS in Scotland - realistic medicine, engaging the workforce and promoting personalised care

Morning, Thursday, 23rd November 2017

Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, Nicolson Street, Edinburgh EH8 9DW


This seminar will be a timely opportunity to consider the implementation of realistic medicine within the NHS in Scotland.

Sessions will examine key steps needed to support and engage the health and social care workforce in realising realistic medicine, particularly with regard to reducing waste and variation in care, whilst promoting a culture of innovation - as well as issues around skills and resources.

Delegates will also discuss priorities for improving Scotland’s public health through a shift to preventative care and how a move to realistic medicine can build on best practice in international healthcare.

Further discussion will assess how to address issues around embedding the person-centred approach to care identified within realistic medicine against a backdrop of limited resources, looking at examples of best practice and potential changes to the use of targets and indicators.

Guest of Honour

Dr Gregor Smith

Deputy Chief Medical Officer, The Scottish Government

Guest of Honour

Dr Gregor Smith

Deputy Chief Medical Officer, The Scottish Government

Keynote Speakers

Dr John McAnaw

Chair, Scottish Pharmacy Board, Royal Pharmaceutical Society and Head of Pharmacy, NHS 24

Dr Peter Bennie

Chair, BMA Scottish Council

Dr Sarah Mitchell

Programme Director, Active and Independent Living Programme

Susan Kelso

AHP Lead for Early Intervention, The Scottish Government

Cath Cooney

House of Care Programme Director, The Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland

Professor Elizabeth Ireland

Chair, NHS National Services for Scotland


Miles Briggs MSP

Member, Health and Sport Committee


Dr James Marple

Primary Care Physician, Patient Anticipatory Care Team, NHS Lothian

Dr Lindsay Burley

Chair, NHS Education for Scotland

Katharine Ross

National Workforce Development Lead, Scottish Care

Sandra McDougall

Acting Director, Scottish Health Council