Voices behind the rural fellowships

For information about the 2016 Rural Fellowships – see the Facebook page or watch RuralP.com for further details.

Yesterday saw the completion of the first round of recruitment to the GP Rural Fellowship programme, run by NHS Education for Scotland.  Once again the applicants presented an impressive array of skills and backgrounds, and a fresh wave of enthusiasm which is set to sweep across rural Scotland from this August.

I joined the team below, along with Dr Ronald MacVicar, to interview candidates.  Whilst in Inverness, I took the opportunity to record some interviews, to help provide some insight into what the different fellowships can offer.  You can listen to them below.

A second round of recruitment to any remaining fellowships will take place in the next few weeks.  For more information you can email Gill Clarke, Rural Fellowship Co-ordinator or see more about the fellowships on this page.

Gill Clarke – Fellowships Co-ordinator

gillGill has been running the fellowship scheme now for two years.  I asked her about the opportunities available, and why she thinks the fellowship scheme is a good way to enable recently-qualified GPs to experience rural practice.

Gill is very happy to be contacted about any of the fellowship options.


Angus MacTaggart – Islay Rural GP

angusAngus is one of two principals of Islay Medical Services, which now delivers primary health care across the island, as well as out of hours and hospital services.  He describes the attractions and challenges that he identifies with rural practice.

The Islay fellowship has been filled for 2015-16, but is likely to be available the next year.

Jonathan Hanson – Rural Practitioner, MacKinnon Memorial Hospital (Skye) – Twitter @SportsDocSkye

jonathanJonathan has trained in a multitude of specialties, and has found his ‘perfect’ job requiring constant generalism.  He represents the growing number of ‘acute rural GPs’ who provide hospital-based services as well as out-of-hours GP cover.  With additional strings to his bow such as anaesthetics, the services provided in Broadford mean that patients can frequently be treated locally, instead of facing long journeys to secondary care.

The Skye Acute GP position is filled for 2015-16 but Jonathan can advise on the other acute positions, or indeed whether there is likely to be future recruitment to this post.

Fiona Duff – Primary Care Manager for Caithness & Sutherland (NHS Highland) – Twitter @DuffFiona

fionaFiona oversees GP services to the North of Scotland, which covers a wide geographical area.  Two fellowships remain available in this area – which will be open for the second round of GP Fellowship recruitment, and she highlights why a move to Sutherland could be a great career move to aspiring rural GPs.

Apologies for the phone interference in this interview, hopefully it is not too distracting!



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