Are you looking for a new challenge or looking for a rural job and want to have more experience or supported learning before you take the plunge? If so then the NES Remote and Rural GP Fellowship might be the answer.
The fellowships will be advertised on the NES website in mid March and offer R&R placements both in General Practice (standard fellowships) and small hospital settings (acute fellowships). The fellowship opportunities vary enormously and include island settings such as Arran and Skye and placements nearer major towns such as Aberfeldy and Cowal, Bute and Stranraer. The placements are for 1 year starting in August. There are sometimes opportunities to start them later in the year so don’t let finishing ST3 late put you off applying.
There is a generous educational allowance in terms of a budget for training and there is also a 2- 3 month leave opportunity meaning you can get on with doing some of the more difficult and time consuming learning you might want to do. Previous fellows have done coil training, dermatology diplomas, minor surgery training and Anaesthetic, Paediatric and Palliative care placements.
3 Fellowship courses are provided a year and we organise these in rural settings generally including an island setting and somewhere near the mountains. We cover a mixture of topics on the courses such as emergency obstetrics, ENT and Ophthalmology for remote doctors, mountain medicine and retrieval and then we also look at the humanities in medicine with a rural bias. The fellows are encouraged to take an organisational role in courses and often proffer their experience for training themselves. Last year Andrea did a wonderful session on Mindfulness and Yoga for beginners. This year Sarah is doing a session on Palliative care practical skills. The aim of the courses is to provide a fun and inclusive training experience encouraging the fellows to develop networking opportunities.
If you are interested in the scheme phone Gill Clarke the scheme co-ordinator on 01463 233 823 for further information. Go on take the plunge and do something different. It’s only for a year and it might change your life!
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