He admits himself that the term 'social prescribing' is “unhelpful”, but Dr Frank Weber believes it is the key to improving the lives of many patients.
NHS Tayside is about to embark on a radical five-year transformation of its health services that will change how patients receive care.
A massive energy saving project is already under way at Ninewells Hospital in Dundee that should save the health board almost £750,000 a year.
Scotland’s rapidly ageing population has long been seen as a financial time bomb for the NHS and its community partners.
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At the heart of everything the NHS is doing is the realistic medicine agenda, which is looking to ensure that patients receive the best and most appropriate care.
NHS Tayside’s medical director is adamant that improving patient care is the primary driver behind the changes to services.
For generations it has seemed that a visit to the hospital or to a GP to discuss an ailment will end in the same manner – with a prescription.
Professor Dilip Nathwani believes innovation is the key to improving quality of care and providing a health service for the future.
Key to improving the lives of elderly people across Tayside will be enhanced community services, led by the region’s health and social care partnerships.