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Last chance to take part in the Rural Youth Project survey

Last chance to take part in the Rural Youth Project survey (and win festival tickets)

Nearly 40% of young people living rurally plan to move to urban centres, according to the interim results from the Rural Youth Project survey. 92% say broadband is essential to their future, and 50% don’t feel they have a say in what happens in their local community. In its last week, the organisers of the RYP survey are calling on all young people aged 18-28, living rurally, in any occupation from agriculture to health, retail or education, to complete its online survey before it closes on 31st May.

“Not only can you win tickets to some great events, but by spending a few minutes responding to the Rural Youth survey you can help make a real difference,” says Jane Craigie, co-founder of the Rural Youth Project which launched in January with the support of rural industry partners. “The more people who take part, the more voices will be heard, and the more weight we have to convince those who have the ability to make a difference that it is worth the investment.”

The Rural Youth Project includes an online survey, vlogging series and Rural Youth Festival which will be held in Scotland in August featuring live music, international speakers and leadership workshops. Survey responses have been collected from as far as Angola, Canada, Iceland and Australia as well as from all around the UK from Orkney to Oxford.

“So far transport and broadband are being highlighted as the main issues for young people living rurally, closely followed by access to social life,” says co-founder Rebecca Dawes, who works for rural and agricultural communications specialists, Jane Craigie Marketing. “These are not unexpected, but what it does show is that infrastructure is central to keeping young people in rural communities, and this could be the step change that ensures rural areas continue to be thriving, self-sufficient economies filled with people of all ages.”

As well as challenges, the survey has highlighted the opportunities rural living offers young people. 75% said that youth groups had given them confidence, resilience and a positive outlook on the future, which illustrates the continuing importance of investment in these organisations, and others have cited the space and beauty of living outside urban centres.

The data, which looks at housing, transport, connectivity, healthcare, employment, skills and training, income and social wellbeing, will be professionally analysed with support from Scottish Enterprise to illustrate what barriers and opportunities are influencing young people’s choices, with a view to helping decision-makers at local, industry and policy level support this and future generations to thrive in both business and personal life.

The Rural Youth Project presented its interim results earlier this month at the European Network for Rural Development with Scottish Rural Network, and have a parliamentary reception with Lantra Scotland, which represents this skills of land-based, aquaculture and environmental industries, at the Royal Highland Show in June.

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Applications invited now for Scottish Rural GP Fellowships 2018

NES Logo 2005Applications are now being invited for the GP Rural Fellowship Scheme, overseen by NHS Education for Scotland.

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 this article published in the Journal of Rural & Remote Health highlights the strengths and successes of the programme which has been running for over ten years.

Rural Fellowship Facebook Page     Rural Fellowship – Official Information

Closing date for applications: Wednesday 11th April 2018

Fellowships (one year) commence in August 2018.

Watch the latest video about the Fellowships…

Former Rural Fellow Gemma Munro explains more about her time as a Rural Fellow.

Why be a rural GP?

This video, as part of the RCGP #ThinkGP project, featured the range of rural GP duties on the Isle of Arran.

 

… and here’s a video from 2016 featuring some of the 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 the Fellowship 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

gillGill has been running the fellowship scheme now for several 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.  gillian.clarke1@nhs.net


Angus MacTaggart – Islay Rural GP

angusAngus 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.mactaggart@nhs.net


 

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Latest news from the SRMC

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.

The SRMC team have just published their latest newsletter – download it by clicking the button below.

Download the SRMC Newsletter March 2018
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19th March 2018: Next BASICS Scotland Clinical Governance Meeting

basics_logo_new_large_csBASICS Scotland Clinical Governance Meeting

The next Clinical Governance Meeting will take place on Monday 19th March 2018 at 7.00pm.

We are still looking for any interesting cases out there to discuss. Do you have something? If so contact us on clinicalgovernance@basics-scotland.org.uk with details.

The meeting summary and supporting documents are now available on the members website for the meeting held in January.

Clinical Governance Meetings are available for free to any Member of BASICS Scotland wishing to attend and they count towards your CPD. These meetings contain interesting case presentations from various BASICS Responders and other pre-hospital professionals and are streamed live via Adobe Connect with a recording made available on the Members site.

If you haven’t attended one of our CGM’s before and would like to attend please contact us at support@basics-scotland.org.uk and we will set you up with an Adobe Connect account for accessing the meeting.

Invitations containing the link to access the meeting room will be sent out 2 days prior to the date of the meeting.

 

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8th EURIPA Health Forum: 14-16 November 2018

The 8th EURIPA Rural Health Forum will be held in Maale Hachamisha, Israel between 14 – 16 November 2018. The theme for this year’s Forum is

“The challenge of the vulnerable and ageing population in rural medicine”

and will focus on the importance of delivering quality medical care in remote locations to the old, incapacitated and deprived.
 
The deadline for abstract submissions has been set for the 16th of September.

The abstract submission is now been open and this can be done directly from the website:  www.euripaforum2018.eu

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International research into rural young people’s views

Research into rural youth launched to coincide with the Year of Young People

An initiative designed to research and better understand rural young people, aged 18-28, has been launched. The Rural Youth Project coincides with the 2018 Year of Young People and will combine an online survey, year-long in-depth video logs (vlogs) of 15-20 rural young people and a Rural Youth Ideas Festival.

The target countries for the research are: England, Scotland, Wales and, internationally, Austria, Australia and the USA.

Collaborative

The initiative is a social enterprise venture and is the brainchild of Jane Craigie and Rebecca Dawes. The Rural Youth Project has the support of partners interested and engaged in the rural youth ‘space’, they are LANTRA Scotland, the Scottish Association of Young Farmers (SAYFC), Scottish Enterprise, Scottish Rural Action, Scottish Rural Network and YouthLink Scotland, and will be managed by Jane Craigie Marketing.

Inspired by their participation in leadership initiatives, including the Scottish Enterprise Rural Leadership Programme and the Windsor Leadership Programme, Jane and Rebecca aim to identify and engage young rural leaders to help them drive positive change within their local rural communities.

“Rural young people are fundamental to the vibrancy, energy and economic outlook of rural places,” explains Jane Craigie. “We wanted to better understand what young people perceive their challenges and opportunities to be, as well as gaining a better understanding of their degree of optimism for the future.”

Important to understand the needs of rural young people

Rebecca Dawes, with her background in the SAYFC, added that there is a real lack of insight into this important group within our rural communities, hence the decision to run this project.

She said: “the research to date amongst rural young people, both nationally and internationally, has been fragmented, but what we do know is that rural areas have a lower percentage of 16-34 year-olds and evidence suggests that migration of young people away from rural areas hinges on education, employment opportunities, housing and public transport availability – some of the many research areas that we are surveying.

“With so much emphasis on youth this year, we want to make sure that rural young people have a voice that will be heard, what better way is there to share their outlook?”

The project, which will be repeated annually, aims to research a wide range of rural young people including those working in education, farming, retail and hospitality, as well as those who are in full time education, or unemployed.

“The project, which will be repeated in 2019-22, has the bold ambition to better inform society and policy-makers about the vibrant talent that is held amongst our rural youth, and to compare our findings with those from other countries around the world.

James Rose explained why the Scottish Rural Network are supporting the project “The future of rural Scotland is in the hands of its young people. In 2018, the Year of Young People, The Scottish Rural Network (SRN) is supporting the Rural Youth Project to gain a vital insight into what matters to young people in rural areas and bring together the people who will define our rural communities in the years to come.”

Penny Montgomerie from SAYFC added “Young people need to have the confidence to drive policy and influence decision makers on matters that impact them rather than relying on older generations to make presumptions on their needs.”

Jane Craigie Marketing will use their wide-reaching networks within the international agricultural and rural leadership community and the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists to publicise the project and its outcomes.

The survey will open on 26 January and close on 30 April 2018. The incentive for completing the survey is a pair of tickets to the TRANSMT Festival in Glasgow on 8 July or a pair of tickets for ButeFest 2018.

The 2018 Project will culminate in a three-day Rural Youth Ideas Festival, run by Jane Craigie Marketing on 20-22 July in rural Scotland and an action plan developed by the Project partners.

The survey can be reached via the Project website www.ruralyouthproject.com

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NES Annual Educational Awards – nominations invited

Nominations are now invited for the annual NES Education Awards.  With so much quality medical education being delivered across rural Scotland, we would encourage readers to consider whether they can nominate individuals or teams for these awards…

The 5th annual NES Medical Directorate Awards for 2018 is to recognise outstanding contributions to the quality of medical education and training in Scotland. Significant numbers of our undergraduate students excel in national competitions and awards, those who graduate from Scottish Medical Schools rank very highly in Foundation Programme selection processes and many of our postgraduate training programmes rank 1st, 2nd or 3rd in league tables of the 20 UK Deanery/LETBs for “overall satisfaction”.  Due to the current nature of regulatory monitoring, often the focus of quality management processes is on areas of medical education and training that require development, however it is known that many aspects are excellent and deserve recognition.

A core group including representation from the Postgraduate Deans, GP Directors, STB Chairs, Scottish Deans Medical Education Group, Scottish Foundation School, NES General Management, Directors of Medical Education and trainees currently oversee this initiative. Awards will be made at the congress dinner during the 8th Annual Scottish Medical Education Conference on Thursday 26 April 2018.

Award Categories

  1. Lifetime Achievement Award in Medical Education
  2. Award for Scholarship
  3. Award for Process Development and Implementation
  4. Award for Innovation in Training
  5. Team of the Year Award
  6. Award for Staff Support
  7. Award for an Outstanding Role Model
  8. Award for Excellence in Facilitating Transitions in Medical Education & Training

Nomination Process

  1. Nominations can be submitted by following the enclosed Questback link :
  2. The CLOSING DATE for submissions is Friday 16 March 2018.
  3. The nomination statement must indicate the award category, will typically be around 500 words but no more than 750 words in length, take the form of a narrative, and must specifically address the criteria, highlighting why the nominee is deserving of the award.
  4. The nomination statement may be supplemented by a curriculum vitae and up to three supporting materials (if appropriate). These can include: supporting testimonials, documents containing statistics, supporting research, evaluation or inspection reports, press cuttings and promotional material and should be submitted separately to Medical_Awards@nes.scot.nhs.uk
  5. Any queries should be sent to Medical_Awards@nes.scot.nhs.uk

Award Ceremony

Each category winner will be presented with a commemorative certificate at the congress dinner on Thursday 26 April 2018.

Download NES Education Awards Nomination Advice
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Call for new Rural WONCA Committee Members

Rural Wonca is calling for nominees for the Rural WONCA (Working Party on Rural Practice) Council 2018.  

Council is meeting at the 15th Wonca World Rural Health Conference in New Delhi in April.

Rural Wonca is this year seeking especially candidates from the following categories:

  • Young doctors
  • Female
  • Developing countries
  • Student
  • Indigenous

Other existing criteria include that would be considered favourably include:

  • Underrepresented region
  • Underrepresented country
  • World recognised authority
  • Nationally recognised
  • Practicing rural doctor

All candidates will be considered. Rural Nurses and other health professionals will be considered.  The positions are not representative of any organisation.

It is expected that successful candidates will bring to Council a passion for rural practice and rural communities.

The closing date for applications will be  COB UTC 16th March 2018.

The candidates will need to:

  • Submit a completed application (attached) +/- CV and
  • Submit a video (no more than 5 minutes) outlining why they should be considered for Council. ( A google drive link will be provided on receipt of application).

Please submit applications to

Bruce Chater – email bruce.chater [at] theodoremedical.com.au

Rural Wonca look forward to hearing from you.

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Event: Safety & Sustainability in Rural Surgery

The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow is pleased to announce a provisional programme for the Safety and Sustainability in Rural General Surgery Conference on 30 November and the morning of 1 December 2017. This conference will bring together many of Scotland’s current surgical trainees with a long-established network of remote and rural surgeons, the Viking Surgeons’ Club, in an exciting and unique event.

The conference will explore the current reality of Scottish rural surgical service provision, discuss the international remote healthcare experience, and offer updates into the management of surgical subspecialty emergencies in a rural context. We welcome delegates from around the world who have an interest in rural healthcare and the challenges therein.

Title: Safety and Sustainability in Rural General Surgery: The Viking Surgeons’ Conference 2017

Date: November 30 and December 1 2017

Venue: The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow, 232 – 242 St Vincent Street, Glasgow, G2 5RJ

Book online: https://rcpsg.ac.uk/events/vikings

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