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Chief Medical Officer for Scotland, Dr Catherine Calderwood


Catherine Calderwood has been the Chief Medical Officer for Scotland since 2015.

Catherine qualified from Cambridge and Glasgow Universities and continues to work as an obstetrician at a regular antenatal clinic at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh.

She is responsible for the Health Promoting Health Service initiative which aims to tackle health inequalities and improve health across the population of Scotland and is leading work to improve the health of those working in the public sector specifically NHS and civil service staff. She is Chair of the Taskforce for the Improvement of Services for Victims of Rape and Sexual Assault, the Committee on Antimicrobial Resistance in Scotland and the Scottish Global Health Collaborative.

Catherine has published three annual reports on Realistic Medicine. Realistic Medicine puts the person receiving health and care at the centre of decision-making and creates a personalised approach to their care. Her third report published in April 2018 will help to embed Realistic Medicine and allow the spread of good practice which is being developed throughout Scotland. All three reports have been universally well received and read by millions of people across the world. The reports also recognize the importance of valuing and supporting staff as vital to improving outcomes for the people in their care. 

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Scottish Government Address - 'Realistic Cancer Care'

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