RuralGP.com has been provided with this update from the RCGP UK Rural Forum. Congratulations to Rob on being appointed Chair…
Greetings From Rob Lambourn, new Chair, RCGP Rural Forum
I’d like to introduce myself as new chair of the RCGP Rural Forum. In November 2016 I took over from Malcolm Ward who has done sterling work for the Forum having been Chair since the Forum’s inception in 2009 –very many thanks Malcolm.
I work in a small two-handed practice with my wife in Wooler in rural North Northumberland. I have been a member of the RCGP Rural Forum Steering Group, since its inception. I am also RCGP UK Council member for North East England. We live in the Scottish Borders with our small children, so know both English and Scottish healthcare systems, albeit the latter from a patient perspective. I am also a longstanding GP trainer and GP advisor to the North East Ambulance Service Clinical advisory Group.
My objectives as Chair are to ensure that the rural health voice is heard, noted and enacted upon both within and outside the College. To help ensure this I have, in the near future, College meetings with Simon Ashmore and Rebecca Hughes [Executive Director GP Forward View and National Faculty Manager, Operations] and with Professor Nigel Mathers [Honorary Secretary, RCGP] Outside the College I have forthcoming meetings with the Rural Services Network; an MP who is on the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Health and Social Care; the University of Central Lancashire [who are establishing a rural campus in the Lakes]; NHS England [Midlands and East] who are running a rural event; GP Training Programmes in North Northumberland and Cumbria [with a view to establishing extended rural training posts]. I will endeavour to keep you posted!
We also have our own Rural Forum Conference and Educational Event on Saturday March 2017 in Glasgow – please come! We have a full and exciting programme, from ECG interpretation to international comparisons, via CPR updates and child safeguarding [level 3] – in all an excellent opportunity to learn and refresh skills and knowledge, network with other rural GPs, and help satisfy appraisal and revalidation. We will also be [briefly] holding our AGM at the Event – if you would like to become involved with the Steering Group please let us know – new faces always welcome.
Best wishes to all,
Chair, RCGP Rural Forum