GP Rural Fellowships in Scotland – now recruiting

10090292646_b973088caa_zDetails of the 2014 round of GP Rural Fellowships is now available, and applications are invited now.

The fellowships, part of an established programme of fellowships run by NHS Education for Scotland, are aimed at qualified GPs who wish to experience a year of rural practice, as part of a supported programme of education, practical experience and peer contact.

The one-year GP Rural Fellowships represent an opportunity to work in Scotland to develop the generalist skills required to work in some of the most beautiful areas of our country. There are two types of Rural Fellowship – ‘Standard’ and ‘Acute Care’. In 2014/15, there are eight Standard Fellowship Posts and four Acute care fellowship posts available:

  • The ‘standard’ GP Rural Fellowship option based on the curriculum for rural practice developed by the Remote and Rural Training Pathways Group (GP sub-group Final Report Sept 2007).
  • The newer GP Acute Care Rural Fellowship option based on the, GP Acute Care Competencies work following from the agreement of the Framework for the Sustainability of Services and the Medical Workforce in Remote Acute Care Community Hospitals.

These posts have been particularly attractive to newly/recently qualified GPs, but are open to all GPs who are interested in working in rural practice.

A wealth of information about these posts is available on the NES website, and the practices/hospitals involved with the Fellowship programme are very happy to hear from anyone interested in finding out more.

Closing date is 21st April 2014

Last year, Arran Medical Group (which is one of nine centres offering a fellowship) produced the following video.  It might help to give a taster of what you might end up doing!



Photo by Bernard Blanc, used under Creative Commons licence


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