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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-12332: Michelle Ballantyne (South Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 6 November 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on all NHS boards adopting NHS (a) Borders’ initiative of putting posters in its facilities asking patients to think ahead about the questions that they should ask doctors and (b) Forth Valley's standardisation of diabetic footcare, which aims to reduce variation.

Answered by: Shona Robison 20 November 2017

The Chief Medical Officer’s vision is that by 2025, all healthcare professionals will demonstrate realistic medicine principles and values through their professionalism.

The posters that have been developed and displayed by NHS Borders support one of the key principles of Realistic Medicine, which is to strengthen the relationships between healthcare professionals by encouraging people to ask their healthcare professionals questions that will support shared decision-making and giving people informed choices about their treatment and care.

The NHS Borders poster initiative is highlighted in the Chief Medical Officer’s annual report, Realising Realistic Medicine and NHS Dumfries and Galloway, NHS Lanarkshire and NHS Forth Valley are now piloting similar posters. We would encourage all NHS Boards to consider adopting this person centred approach.

The Scottish Government supports improvement of foot care service delivery through nationally produced tools and resources including the Traffic Light tool and CPR for feet.

We understand that, NHS Valley are at present piloting a fast track referral/triage system to improve service delivery in a standardised manner and reduce variation in practice within their Board. The results will be discussed with our Scottish Diabetes Foot Action Group so that best practice can be shared nationally.