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.
Revaluing Scottish Rural Practice
Thursday 8th November 2018
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)
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)
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?
- RGPAS AGM
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
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)
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.Register for RGPAS18