We have a wide range of presentations at the Annual Conference of the Rural GP Association of Scotland, which starts this afternoon.
Here’s some introductions to just a few of those who are speaking over the next two days…
Helen Brandstorp was trained and worked as a GP (1998-2006), in the northenmost county of Norway. She has a special interest in collaboration in prehospital emergency medicine and organisation of healthcare, and hopes to defend her ph.D thesis in a few months. Since 2013 she has been the director of the National Centre of Rural Medicine, located in Tromsø, at UiT The Arctic University of Norway.
Kate Dawson is a GP partner at Benbecula Medical Practice and Clinical Lead of the community hospital. She has recently completed a Scottish Patient Safety Fellowship. She has interests in dermatology, acute rural medicine, and is a jeweller, leprologist, gardener, tweeter, mother, wife, felt-maker – no end to the roles you can rock as a rural GP!
Sarah Maclean is a Senior Clinical Fellow in Aeromedical Retrieval with the Emergency Medical Retrieval Service and a Specialty Registrar in Anaesthesia & Intensive Care Medicine in Tayside. She is interested in teaching and contributes regularly to undergraduate teaching at the Universities of Dundee and Aberdeen. Her other interests include altitude physiology and rural critical care. In her spare time she enjoys mountain biking, hillwalking, ski touring, playing music, baking, and visiting Scottish islands.
James McHugh is a 4th year student at the University of Glasgow. At the University he is the secretary for the General Practice society, where they hope to engage new and current students in the excitement and challenges of general practice. James has a passion for GP and a new found interest in rural medicine after undertaking an elective on Arran (where he spent an evening with the lifeboat crew – see picture!).
Phil Wilson worked as a partner in a small practice in Glasgow for 23 years while building a wide-ranging list of research publications as a part-time researcher at the University of Glasgow. His practice was one of the first research practices in Scotland and Phil was awarded a primary care career scientist award in 2003. His research interests lie in the development and evaluation of complex interventions to improve health. Since 2012 Phil has worked as professor of primary care and rural health at the University of Aberdeen, based in Inverness, and he holds visiting professorships at Gothenburg, Copenhagen and Glasgow Universities. He continues to work in Inverness as a GP one day each week. He has published over 110 peer reviewed papers: details at http://www.abdn.ac.uk/staffnet/profiles/p.wilson/