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THE Scottish Rural Medicine Collaborative (SRMC) has been set up with Scottish Government funding to look at ways of improving the recruitment and retention of remote and rural general practice in Scotland.

The SRMC works across 10 health board areas – Grampian, Highland, Orkney, Shetland, Western Isles, Dumfries & Galloway, Ayrshire & Arran, Fife, Tayside and Borders, all of whom are represented on the programme board, as are NHS Education for Scotland, RCGP Scotland, and the Rural GP Association Scotland. It is also working with the INTERREG:making it work (MiW) programme.

Six closely linked rural GP projects with distinct objectives have been set out for the two-year programme.

These are:

  • Recruitment strategy/good practice guidelines. This is aimed at improving the consistency and effectiveness of recruitment.
  • Recruitment yearly wheel. This will identify and help promote appropriate recruitment events.
  • Marketing resources. This will explore look at developing a rural GP recruitment website.
  • Community of practice. This will provide an online forum to share knowledge and experience.
  • Recruitment and retention toolkit. This will consider how po- tential or new employees in remote and rural general practice can have a structured approach to activities and plans to integrate them into their communities. It will cover community recruitment, community integration and employers’ recruitment support.
  • Recruitment support. This will look at ways of providing specific sup- port for employers of rural GPs.

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