The Rural GP Association of Scotland (RGPAS) is pleased to announce that registration for its annual conference is now open, following a period of priority booking for its members.
This year’s conference will take place on 8-10 November 2018, once again at our preferred venue of The Craigmonie Hotel in Inverness.
The programme will commence at 1pm on Thursday 8th November, and finish at lunchtime on Saturday 10th November. This year will feature discussion, presentations and debate about the impact of the new Scottish GP contract on rural healthcare, as well as a number of clinical updates and opportunities for participants to catch up and relax.
As with previous years, there will be a strong focus on the conference being welcoming and convivial. Many of our members (and non-members) come from remote and isolated practices, and RGPAS conferences place a strong emphasis on fostering informal peer support opportunities.
Unfortunately, this year we have had to curtail our usual undergraduate activity, as already highlighted in this article. We very much regret that we cannot run the scholarships this year, but we’ve been so busy working out how to represent the concerns of our members and rural communities in relation to the new contract, that the committee don’t have the capacity this year to organise this aspect. We very much hope that it will return in future years.
The cost of the conference is £130, and this includes a 3-course conference dinner with wine on the Thursday evening. Accommodation can be booked directly with the Craigmonie Hotel.
What’s in the programme?
Programme details are still to be confirmed. We are in the process of finalising speakers and the schedule, and this will be published here and notified to our members. We are aiming for a relevant and useful mix of topics and speakers, to inform and re-energise participants – but also to reflect the anxieties and concerns of RGPAS members about the impact of the new GP Contract on rural communities, and consider effective ways forward. We’re pleased to confirm that Prof Sir Lewis Ritchie (Chair of the Rural Short Life Working Group formed by the Scottish Government to consider implementation of the GP contract) and Dr Andrew Buist (Chair, Scottish GP Committee) will be attending. We will also have updates from the Scottish Rural Medicine Collaborative, management of blood-borne viruses and consideration of how to recognise and maximise the delivery of Realistic Medicine in rural settings.
We hope that the conference will showcase the ongoing innovation and potential that exists across rural Scotland, and the need for national health policy to be appropriately rural-proofed to ensure sustainability for the future of Scottish rural healthcare.Register for RGPAS18