Realistic Medicine is a way of thinking about healthcare that seeks to ensure that the tests, treatment and interventions that we provide are beneficial and suitable for each person; and that treatment that is harmful, unlikely to be effective and wasteful, is avoided. It focuses on the core relationship between those who provide care and those who receive it and emphasises the importance of carefully listening to what is important to each person.
In practice this means that the fundamental principles of Realistic Medicine (improving Shared Decision Making and Personalised care, Reducing Harm and Waste and Unwarranted Variation as well as Managing Risk Better in a climate of continued Improvement and Innovation) are widely publicised and that resources to help staff achieve these goals are easily available.
What is a realistic medicine champion?A Realistic Medicine Champion works with their colleagues to help promote Realistic Medicine at the front line, offering advice and information to help empower staff to adopt the fundamental principles. They will help promote a positive RM culture within their health board and across NHS Scotland. Our champions recognise Realistic medicine in practice and showcase success and support teams beginning their journey.
Why do we need RM champions?Champions are key to a successful change process. These are the people within an organisation who see the vision for change and want to actively advocate for and support the changes. They bring the message closer to the clinical workforce. Champions can be from any level within the organisation and champions from multiple levels and disciplines are encouraged.
What does an RM champion have to do?
If you are an RM Champion you will:
- Be part of a network of similarly enthusiastic people who act as a vital link between the RM steering group and the clinical teams
- Promote and help to create a positive RM culture within your health board
- Support members of the team in best practice (or directing them to the RM Team if you are unsure)
- Provide feedback to the RM Champions Network Team and Steering Group on behalf of your colleagues
- Distribute communication from the RM Team to your colleagues
- Collaborate with colleagues across your health board to share best practice
- Stay up to date with all RM developments and share these with your colleagues
Why become an RM champion?
By becoming an RM champion you will be helping deliver excellent person-centred care, assist colleagues in reducing harm, waste and unwarranted variation and help drive innovation and improvement. It is also a great opportunity for your personal development.
Champions will be able to develop their knowledge and skills through:
- Access to RM training and resources through the RM Champion Network
- Representing colleagues in feedback forums
- Helping shape training for colleagues
- Opportunities to pursue quality improvement projects within teams regarding RM
- Support from the RM Team
- Support from fellow RM Champions
To find out how to become a realistic medicine champion consult the information for your local health board.