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A VIRTUAL workshop is being held next week to develop Shetland’s clinical and care strategy.

The event, which is the third and final of its kind, will take place on 15 March and it will focus on national and international models of health and care.

Several keynote speakers are on the programme, and they will cover topics that include: lived experience, realistic medicine, community led support and tele-health/technology enabled care, collaborative leadership and “buurtzog” or neighbourhood care.

Brian Wayling from Intermountain Healthcare in Utah in the US has confirmed his participation as has Jenny Pitts, from the National Development Team for Inclusion.

Intermountain provides a blueprint for other organisations seeking to increase and improve their virtual care initiatives.

Wayling is the executive director for technology and development and is said to have a “deep understanding of technology integration issues”.

The National Development Team for Inclusion is a body which helps organisations rethink what is possible and turn this into sustainable change.

Pitts is the “community led support” programme lead and has specialist insight into helping communities think about the challenges they face.

Jamie Hogg and Hazel Dempsey from NHS Grampian’s innovation hub will also give a local context and update on the work being done on this in the region.

Also on the programme is coach and leadership consultant Brigid Russell, and Brendan Martin, managing director for Buurtzog in Britain and Ireland.

NHS Shetland’s director of nursing and acute services Kathleen Carolan, who with medical director Dr Kirsty Brightwell is leading on the mapping out of the clinical and care strategy, said the workshop was a unique opportunity to contribute the future of Shetland’s health and care.

“We have invited speakers who will stimulate out-the-box thinking on the unique challenges facing our island board,” she said.

“This session is for anyone wanting to understand and contribute as we chart our way forward post-pandemic.”

To understand more about the clinical and care strategy visit NHS Shetland’s website.

The Microsoft TEAMS event, hosted by NHS Shetland, will be open to the public. The link and full programme will be available in coming days but to flag your interest email: It is not necessary to email more than once.