Realising Realistic Rural Medicine
Twitter hashtag: #RGPAS17
Once again, we hope to welcome both new and experienced rural health professionals, and we have a stimulating programme lined up to cover a wide spectrum of topics which are relevant to rural general practice in Scotland. You can view information, statistics and feedback from previous conferences here.
This year, conference registrations should be made online. Until September 1st, registration will be restricted for current RGPAS members. After September 1st, registration will be open to all.
The cost of conference registration is £130, which includes catering (including Thursday lunch for RGPAS members attending the morning event), the conference dinner and wine on the Thursday evening. There are no single-day tickets and we hope that this is seen as excellent value for a 2.5-3 day conference.
Trainees can register for £65 (half price), and students who are successful in achieving a student scholarship will be asked to pay a nominal £10 registration fee.
Accommodation should be booked directly with the Craigmonie Hotel (01463 231 649) – unless you wish to stay elsewhere – and special rates are available on mentioning that you are attending the RGPAS conference.
Never have I been to a conference so friendly, so relaxed, and so full of life.
Read more in student Catherine Lawrence’s conference review…
More details about our 2017 Student Conference Scholarships are available here.
Thursday 2nd November 2017
0930 Registration for RGPAS morning
1000 RGPAS members update :: Dr David Hogg (Chair, RGPAS)
1030 The Scottish Rural Medicine Collaborative :: Ralph Roberts (Chair, SRMC)
1100 The New GP Contract :: Dr Andrew Buist (Deputy Chair, BMA Scottish GP Committee)
1130 Open Discussion
1230 Lunch (provided to members attending above session)
1300 Main Conference Registration
1330 Main Conference Welcome & welcome to students :: Dr David Hogg & Dr Catherine Todd
GPs don’t do OOH any more do we? (Session Chair: Kate Dawson)
1345 BASICS Scotland Update :: Dr Ben Price (Assistant Medical Director, BASICS Scotland)
1415 NHS24: Challenges and Opportunities :: Dr Anna Lamont (Associate Medical Director, NHS 24) and Billy Togneri (Clinical Service Manager, NHS24)
1445 Sponsors’ Spot 10 mins each for Eden Medical, Head Medical and Novacor
1515 Coffee Break
1530 ScotSTAR: Update on Service Development :: Dr Drew Inglis (Associate Medical Director, ScotSTAR)
1600 The SAR helicopter service in Scotland: what has changed? :: Duncan Tripp (Winchman Paramedic, Bristow Search & Rescue)
1630 Open Discussion
1700 Rural LGBTQ+ :: Dr Thom O’Neill (Paediatric Clinical Research Fellow, Edinburgh) including update on latest RGPAS work
1740 The Echo Project :: Dr Jeremy Keen (Consultant in Palliative Medicine, The Highland Hospice)
1930 Conference Dinner at the Craigmonie Hotel
After Dinner Speaker: Tom Morton “The Rural Doctor’s Wife (!)”
Friday 3rd November
0815 Breakfast Mentoring Session (Students/New Doctors)
0900 Rural Emergency Medicine Update :: Dr Luke Regan (Emergency Physician, Raigmore Hospital)
0930 Remote Practice: Is it really reward without risk? Do patients sue rural doctors? :: Dr Gordon McDavid (Medicolegal Adviser, Medical Protection Society)
1000 Realising Rural Realistic Medicine in Remote Practice :: Dr Kath Jones (Clinical Director, NHS Highland North & West)
1100 Realistic Research:Why Every Rural GP Should Consider Research :: Prof Phil Wilson (Director, Centre for Rural Health, Inverness)
- 1145 Realistic Work/Life: Managing the chaos of family life and Rural GPing- finding your village :: Dr Alida MacGregor (Rural GP, Kyles Medical Centre, Tighnabruaich)
- 1145 Realistic Collaboration: The Echo Project :: Dr Catherine Todd (GP, The Highland Hospice)
1330 Pecha Kucha Sessions
- The PILL project :: Dr Richard Weekes (Rural GP, Ullapool & Additional Member, RGPAS Committee)
- Scholarship Presentation: Rural WONCA Conference & Clinical Courage :: Dr David Hogg (Rural GP, Isle of Arran)
- GURRMS Annual Student Conference :: Josephine Bellhouse (Medical Student & Secretary, Glasgow University Remote & Rural Medicine Society)
- Scholarship Presentation: Journey to Mexico :: Dr Mark Aquilina (Rural GP, Lochgoilhead & Shetland)
- Selected Student Scholarship presentations
1500 AGM – all welcome – agenda items to Dr Susan Bowie (Secretary) by 24th October
1930 Dinner in Inverness (Shapla Restaurant – TBC)
Saturday 4th November
0930 Looking Forward
(Updated: 22/10/17) In replacement of the EMRS clinical update session, we are delighted to run a session dedicated to GP mentoring, dealing with the stresses of practice, and steps to developing a peer-support or co-mentoring network within RGPAS. We will also be exploring other ‘next steps’ for RGPAS too. Full details about this session will be released very soon.
- Workshop: Challenges of Practice: Building Support Networks :: Dr Susan Bowie (Rural GP, Shetland) and Dr Kate Dawson (Rural GP, Benbecula)
- How can we help you? :: Aly Dickson (Trustee, The Sandpiper Trust)
- Next Steps :: David Hogg (Chair, RGPAS)
0930 Visit to Bristow Search & Rescue Helicopter Base, Dalcross, Inverness Airport
Transport leaves Craigmonie Hotel sharp at 0930. This session is aimed at students and trainees, however if rural GPs wish to attend this, we will endeavour to meet demand for this.
1230 Conference Close
If you wish to book lunch directly with the hotel, please contact reception staff.