The Fellowships offer a fantastic opportunity to build skills and experience in rural general practice, whilst experiencing the challenges and opportunities first-hand – during a well-supported year which includes nine weeks of study leave and a generous study budget.
The Fellowships are located across rural Scotland, from Dumfries & Galloway, to the Shetland Isles, including islands such as Islay, Arran, Skye and the Uists.
Many previous rural fellows have stayed in rural practice, and an article was recently published in the Journal of Rural & Remote Health – highlighting the strengths and successes of the programme which has been running for over ten years.
Closing date for applications: Thursday 6th April 2017
Fellowships (one year) commence in August 2017.
Watch the latest video about the Fellowships…
Current Rural Fellow Gemma Munro explains more about her time as a Rural Fellow.
Why be a rural GP?
NHS Highland made this video of rural practice in Kintyre…
… and here’s a video from last year featuring some of the current Fellows and others involved with the scheme…
Interested? We want to hear from you…
All the Rural Fellowship sites will welcome you to chat on the phone or visit and tour round what’s on offer. We can fix up a chat with current or previous rural fellows, and you can ask questions on our Facebook page. There is a lot of information available from the websites mentioned already, but sometimes it’s easier to arrange a chat on the phone or Skype… all descriptors of the Fellowships (on the official fellowships page) have contact details where you can find out more.
A couple of years ago we interviewed some of those involved in running the Rural Fellowships. Hear more from them about what they think the fellowships can offer recently qualified GPs…
Gill Clarke – Fellowships Co-ordinator
Gill has been running the fellowship scheme now for three 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. email@example.com
Angus MacTaggart – Islay Rural GP
Angus 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.
You can contact Angus at: Angus.firstname.lastname@example.org
Jonathan Hanson – Skye Rural Practitioner (Mackinnon Memorial Hospital)
Jonathan 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 contact for the Skye Fellowships is now Melanie Meecham: email@example.com
Fiona Duff – Primary Care Manager for Caithness & Sutherland (NHS Highland)
Fiona oversees GP services to the North of Scotland, which covers a wide geographical area. Two fellowships are available in this area. In this interview, Fiona 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! You can email Fiona at: firstname.lastname@example.org