RGPAS18 Conference Programme announced

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The Rural GP Association of Scotland (RGPAS) is pleased to issue the confirmed programme for its annual conference, due to take place on 8-10 November 2018, once again at our preferred venue of The Craigmonie Hotel in Inverness.  As ever, there may be some last-minute changes, but the following schedule looks set to go ahead.

Sandpiper Bag Checks – BASICS Scotland will be providing Sandpiper Bag equipment checks throughout the conference on Thursday and Friday – bring yours along for an easy way to find out what you’re missing and how to obtain supplies!

Revaluing Scottish Rural Practice

Thursday 8th November 2018

1330 Registration

1400 Main Conference Welcome:: Dr David Hogg & Dr Alida MacGregor

1430: Workshops 1st round

  • 1: Easing the Pain: Opportunities for regional blocks, ketamine and intranasal diamorphine (Dr Luke Regan)
  • 2: Blood Borne Viruses Workshop (Dr Lindsey Ross & colleagues)

1510: Coffee

1530: Workshops 2nd round

1615: Option 1: Planning for retirement, identifying your options– David Henderson, Medical+Dental Financial Planning Services

Option 2: Keeping a Healthy Balance in Work, Life and Play (Dr Alida MacGregor, RGPAS Vice-Chair)

1700-1800: SRMC Update (SRMC team)

1800-1900: Bar

1900 Conference Dinner

Friday 9th November

0900: A Spark of Positivity: Interface Working for Better Patient Care :: Dr Barba Chandler, Consultant Rehabilitation Medicine, Raigmore Hospital and Dr Richard Weekes, GP, Ullapool

0945: Down to Business – Where next for the contract in rural areas?


1115: Coffee

1145: General Practice and Primary Care in Remote and Rural Scotland – Reflecting Back and Looking Forward :: Lewis Ritchie, Chair of the Rural Short Life Working Group

1230: Lunch

1330: How the contract will help rural practice – Andrew Buist, SGPC Chair

1400: Finding positive ways forward for rural & single-handed practice in Scotland – Group Discussion

1500: The Scottish Rural Medicine Collaborative (SRMC) Bureau Concept – How Can it Help You  (SRMC Team)

1530: Coffee

1600: Remote Educational Development at BASICS Scotland (Al MacLean, BASICS Scotland)

1630: BASICS Scotland and Responders – Update (Dr Ben Price, BASICS Scotland) – including Discussion/Questions

1730: Hotel Bar

1900 Dinner – Shapla, 2 Castle Road, Inverness, IV2 3AA (tbc)

Saturday 10th November

0930: Where next for RGPAS? Where next for rural practice?Supporting members, sustaining rural practice in Scotland (Group discussion and breakout group sessions)

1100: Walking Conversations: Making Links, Identifying Peers, Finding Momentum (A suitable walk around the hotel area will be identified, depending on weather etc.)

1230: Conference Close


If you wish to book lunch directly with the hotel, please contact reception staff.

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.

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.

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