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Rural GPs Scotland (RGPAS) Conference 2017 – registration open

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The annual RGPAS (Rural GP’s Association of Scotland) conference will be held on Thursday 2nd to Saturday 4th November 2017, at the Craigmonie Hotel in Inverness.

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.

Click here for RGPAS 2017 Online Registration

Never have I been to a conference so friendly, so relaxed, and so full of life.


Programme

Thursday 2nd November 2017

This year, an RGPAS Members-Only meeting will be held on Thursday morning, to which all RGPAS members are invited.  Lunch will be served to attending members after this session, following which the main conference will open.

0930 Registration for RGPAS morning

1000 RGPAS members update :: Dr David Hogg & Dr Angus MacTaggart (Chair & Vice-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)

Lunch for non-members can be organised with the Craigmonie Hotel by prior arrangement – please contact them directly.

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 Cases Presentation :: Susan Bowie (Rural GP, Hillswick, Shetland)… and others TBC

1415 NHS24: Challenges and Opportunities :: Dr Laura Ryan (Associate Medical Director, NHS 24)

1445 ScotSTAR: Update on Service Development :: Dr Drew Inglis (Associate Medical Director, ScotSTAR)

1515 The SAR helicopter service in Scotland: what has changed? :: Duncan Tripp (Winchman Paramedic, Bristow Search & Rescue)

1545 Open Discussion

1615 Coffee Break

1630 Rural LGBTQ+ :: Dr Thom O’Neill (Paediatric Clinical Research Fellow, Edinburgh) including update on latest RGPAS work

1710 The Echo Project :: Dr Catherine Todd (GP, The Highland Hospice)

1730 Finish

Dinner is included in the registration fee for all delegates. Dress is smart casual. Some limited tickets are available for partners or colleagues who wish to join us. Details soon.

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 Can I Really Be Sued for This? :: Dr Gordon McDavid (Medicolegal Adviser, Medical Protection Society)

Realistic Medicine Workshops

1000 Realising Rural Realistic Medicine in Remote Practice :: Dr Kath Jones (Clinical Director, NHS Highland North & West)

1030 Coffee

1100 Breakout Session 1 (40 minutes)

  • Realistic Research:Why Every Rural GP Should Consider Research :: Prof Phil Wilson (Director, Centre for Rural Health, Inverness)
  • Realistic Work/Life: Managing the chaos of family life and Rural GPing- finding your village :: Dr Alida MacGregor (Rural GP, Kyles Medical Centre, Tighnabruaich)
  • Realistic Resuscitation: Simulation Session  (EMRS & Mobile Skills Unit)

1150 Breakout Session 2 (40 minutes)

  • Realistic Dispensing ::Dr Hal Maxwell (Scottish Representative, Dispensing Doctors Association)
  • Realistic Collaboration: The Echo Project :: Dr Catherine Todd (GP, The Highland Hospice)
  • Realistic Resuscitation: Simulation Session  (EMRS & Mobile Skills Unit)

1230 Lunch

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

1430 Coffee

1500 AGM – all welcome – agenda items to Dr Susan Bowie (Secretary) by 24th October

(Parallel Emergency Medicine simulation session will be run  for students and trainees)

1730 Finish

1930 Dinner in Inverness (Shapla Restaurant – TBC)


Saturday 4th November

0900 EMRS Clinical Update morning with Clinical Skills Unit

Clinical update sessions including hands-on clinical skills, simulation sessions in the mobile skills unit and general updates about the ScotSTAR retrieval service.

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

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Rural GPs Scotland (RGPAS) Conference 2016 – registration open

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The annual RGPAS (Rural GP’s Association of Scotland) conference will be held on Thursday 3rd and Friday 4th November 2016, at the Craigmonie Hotel in Inverness.

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.


Programme

The latest programme will be kept updated here: http://scotland.ruralgp.com/conferences/

Thursday 3rd November 2016

(Lunch can be organised with the Craigmonie Hotel by prior arrangement – please contact them directly).

1330 Registration & Tea/Coffee

1400 Introduction :: Dr David Hogg (Rural GP, Isle of Arran)

1415 Rural Medicine – a Norwegian Perspective :: Dr Helen Brandstorp (National Centre of Rural Medicine, Tromso, Norway)

1445 Transfers Workshop :: Dr Iain Cromarty (Rural GP, Isle of Hoy) 

1450 Initial response and getting people away to hospital :: Dr Iain Cromarty

1505 Stabilisation & Treatment in the Rural Hospital :: Dr Kate Dawson (Rural GP, Benbecula)

1520 Transfer & the role of ScotSTAR Retrieval Teams :: Dr Sarah Maclean (Senior Clinical Fellow in Aeromedical Retrieval, EMRS/ScotSTAR)

1535 Discussion & Comments

1600 Refreshments

1620 Legal Highs  – should we be worried? … and other A&E Hot Topics :: Dr Luke Regan (Emergency Physician, Raigmore Hospital)

1700 Rural GP & Humanitarian Work: A Journey to Congo, Pakistan and beyond :: Dr Catherine Sutherland (Rural GP Fellow, Isle of Arran & MSF Volunteer)

1930 Conference Dinner :: Venue TBC

2200 Music Session at The Craigmonie Bar :: Open to all musicians, hummers, spoon-players…


Friday 4th November

0815 Breakfast Mentoring Session 

0900 LGBT Youth in Rural Communities :: Dr Thom O’Neill (Paediatric Clinical Research Fellow, NHS Lothian)

0945 BASICS Scotland Update :: Dr Ben Price (Assistant Clinical Director, BASICS Scotland & GP, Auchterarder)

1000 Sandpiper Trust: We Want to Support You :: Aly Dickson (Founding Trustee, The Sandpiper Trust)

1015 Rural Prehospital Care: Discussion

1025 Remote Island Medicine in Tanzania :: Dr Isla Hislop (Sessional Rural GP)

1045 Refreshments

Parallel Session A:

1100 Finding your Inner Teaching Mojo (Undergraduate Teaching Workshop) :: Dr Jim Finlayson

1145 GP IT Reprovisioning for Rural Practice in Scotland :: Speaker TBC

Parallel Session B: For Students & New Doctors :: Led by Dr Gemma Munro and GP Rural Fellows 2016-17

1100 Workshop: So You Want to Be a Rural GP?  Tips & experiences on what makes it fab

1215 Lunch

1300 The Challenges of Rural Medicine: New Models of Delivery :: Dr Charlie Siderfin (Rural GP, Orkney)

1330 Getting into rural research :: Prof Phil Wilson (Centre for Rural Health, Inverness)

1400 Pecha Kucha Presentations (back by popular demand) – presentations where a maximum of 20 slides auto-advance every 20 seconds, thus being able to keep lots of presentations to time!

Consortium of Longitudinal Integrated Clerkships, Toronto :: Dr Chris Williams (University of Dundee)

Invitational Symposium on Rural Health, Tromso (Norway) :: Dr David Hogg (Rural GP, Isle of Arran)

A Medical Elective on the Isle of Arran :: James McHugh (Glasgow University)

A Medical Elective on South Uist :: Michael Durbar (FY1, Complex Care Medicine, Royal Bolton Hospital, Lancashire)

Selected Medical Student Innovations (TBC)

1445 Refreshments

1500 AGM – all welcome

Including reports and standing items

Update from the Scottish Rural Medicine Collaborative Update (Dr Chris Williams)

University GP Societies – what can we do to support them?

Hot topics & representations

1700 Conference Closing Comments


For details about our student scholarships, please see this page.  Please also note our heavily discounted fees for students and trainees.

To register, please email hello@ruralgp.scot .

Registration Form
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Scotland OOH Care Report now out

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Rural OOH presents specific challenges

The widely anticipated report into safeguarding the future of Scottish out-of-hours care is now available.

Led by Prof Sir Lewis Ritchie, the report – commissioned by the Scottish Government – offers a comprehensive assessment of the challenges and opportunities into providing sustainable, quality out-of-hours care across Scotland.  The challenge of recruiting GPs (amongst other health professionals too), the rising demand from comorbidity and our ageing population, as well as rising expectations generally… make for a tricky landscape for which to design a strategy like this.

However, the opportunities in more co-ordinated working, building on the strengths of integrated teams and more effective (and efficient) approaches to unscheduled care – appear to be a cornerstone of the report, which was published yesterday.

In addition, it makes clear that the service needs to seize more benefits offered by technology – for example in remote assessment and co-ordination of service providers.  Technology cannot offer all the solutions, but we need to be better connected.  It is apt that another story ran yesterday about the scale of the lack of connectivity in rural parts of the UK – and that’s just on the roads.  The need for high-level pressure on connectivity providers is clear, if the recommendations of the OOH report are to be realised.

Another welcome observation is that OOH can be a stimulating area of practice, and a useful learning environment – for students, GP trainees and other practitioners wanting to increase their experience of unscheduled care.  There is also a hint towards the fact that current OOH centres often struggle to offer appropriate rest/catering facilities for their staff.

There is regular consideration throughout the report of the ways in which services have to consider local geography and other service provision.  It appears to be a great example of a rural-proofed document, that takes Scotland’s rural populations well into account in its recommendations.  There is a lot to digest, and of course the challenge will be in implementation.  However, as a major stepping stone towards a more sustainable OOH service, it appears to hit the mark.

The report is available in full here: http://www.gov.scot/Publications/2015/11/8463/downloads

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Rural GPs Scotland (RGPAS) Conference 2015 – Programme now available

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The annual RGPAS (Rural GP’s Association of Scotland) conference will be held on Thursday 5th to Saturday 7th November 2015.  As with tradition, it will once again be held at the Craigmonie Hotel in Inverness.

The programme includes a keynote speech from Dr John Wynn-Jones, Chair of the WONCA Working Party on Rural Practice.  He will speak about “Expanding Rural Horizons – What Benefits of International Collaboration?”.

Other speakers on Thursday (registration at 0930h) include:

  • Dr Penny Lockwood, with exciting plans to offer an intercalated degree in Rural Health at Dundee University
  • Dr Kim Miller from Aberdeen University will provide an update about undergraduate training
  • Dr David Cunningham from NES will speak about “Rural CPD and NES – What Can We Offer You?”
  • Dr Andrew Buist will provide an update from the BMA about the proposed 2017 Scottish GP Contract
  • Dr David Binnie, GP from Colonsay will present an audit on Emergency Activity on the island
  • Dr Helen Robinson will speak about the ‘Singlehanded’ Project
  • Dr Chris Williams will inspire, inform and enthuse us all to realise the benefits of social media!

… followed by an informal dinner at Sam’s Indian Cuisine.

Friday’s line up (starting at 0900h) includes:

  • Mr Steven Ross from Raigmore Hospital, with a pragmatic update on ENT presentations
  • Dr Hamish Greig will discuss the opportunities and considerations of using ultrasound in rural general practice
  • Andy Newiss of Clements Accountants will discuss maintaining profitability and viability in rural practice
  • Dr Drew Inglis of the EMRS Team will tell us about the latest efforts to improve connectivity in rural Scotland

After lunch, Dr David Hogg will lead a session aimed at students and trainees – but open to all – on ‘Rural Practice and Me’.  Watch this space!  This will be followed by the RGPAS AGM – again open to all, and which often involves lively and informative debate.

… a conference dinner will then be held in the hotel.

On Saturday we are welcoming a visit from the EMRS squad, who will provide a number of practical work stations to brush up on emergency care skills.

For details about our student scholarships, please see this page.
Please note that the conference delegate fee for all students, FYs, Trainees and Rural Fellows is £25 – reduced from £120!

For booking form and programme, see the links below.  Hope to see you there!

Programme 2015  Booking Form

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RPAS Conference 2014 – Programme now available

Craigmonie Hotel, Inverness

Craigmonie Hotel, Inverness

The annual RPAS (Remote Practitioners’ Association of Scotland) conference will be held on Thursday 6th to Saturday 8th November 2014.  As with tradition, it will once again be held at the Craigmonie Hotel in Inverness.

The programme includes a keynote speech from Mr Alex Neil MSP, and Scottish Cabinet Secretary for Health & Wellbeing, on the Thursday afternoon at 2pm.

Also speaking are Mr Quentin Cox on orthopaedic injuries in rural practice, and an update from the Scottish Ambulance Service by Dr James Ward, SAS Medical Director.  There will be an intriguing talk from Dr Martin Wilson on ‘Square Pegs and Round Holes’ and a Drama Triangle workshop by Dr Andrew Tressider, who will come all the way up from Somerset.

In line with previous years, RPAS has managed to coincide the conference to fit with the GP Update course, which takes place on Wednesday 5th November.  We’ve featured what GP Update can offer in a separate post – you can also take a look at their website where you can find out more info about rates and course content.

For booking form and programme, see the links below.  Hope to see you there!

Conference Programme    Booking Form

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RPAS Conference – Date for the Diary!

Craigmonie Hotel, Inverness

Craigmonie Hotel, Inverness

The annual RPAS (Remote Practitioners’ Association of Scotland) conference will this year be held on Thursday 6th to Saturday 8th November 2014.  As with tradition, it will once again be held at the Craigmonie Hotel in Inverness.

A full programme is being worked on at present by Stuart Cairns and Catherine Todd.  Full details will be provided here in the next few weeks.

In line with previous years, RPAS has managed to coincide the conference to fit with the GP Update course, which takes place on Wednesday 5th November, also in November.  We’ll feature what GP Update can offer in a future post, but meantime take a look at their website where you can find out more info about rates and course content.

 

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Assessment of the Sick Child

This video, from NHS Education for Scotland, is a useful refresher of the assessment of the sick child.  This particular scenario simulates a parent presenting with a baby who has breathing difficulties.  Some aspects of assessment in the rural setting are covered.

[vimeo https://vimeo.com/70101315]
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RPAS Conference 2013 – a great meeting

This year's conference included BASICS Scotland workshops.

This year’s conference included BASICS Scotland workshops.

The RPAS 2013 Conference was held successfully at the start of November.

Access to all the presentations is now available at this page.

Much thought-provoking discussion was stimulated, particularly in areas of recruitment & retention and aligning rural health care with developments in secondary care – such as in sepsis and acute coronary syndrome.

A twitter feed also resulted from the conference.  You can view this here.  We even had some real-time input from Australia, which was inspiring.

Watch out for details of RPAS 2014 – likely to be similar time next year.

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Dewar 2013 – Outcomes Report

Miles giving his radio interview at the Dewar 2013 Conference.

Miles giving his radio interview at the Dewar 2013 Conference.

A report of the Dewar 2013 conference is now available – highlighting a very broad approach to some very acute problems being faced in rural Scotland.

Written by Dr Jim Douglas of Fort William, the report covers the many areas explored during plenaries and breakouts that took place during the conference, which was held in Fort William in April this year.

You can download the report here.

 

 

 

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New approaches to rural practice in Scotland

skye (1)Dr Jim Douglas, GP Fort William and chair of the 2012 Dewar Group, has produced the following documents (with colleagues) to help define current challenges in rural practice, and suggest ways of addressing them.

A proposal for ‘National Park Status for Remote Health and Social Care in Scotland‘ outlines why viewing sustainable rural health care as a fragile ecosystem, can help to define the interdependencies that can exist in rural communities – and how shared values and objectives might be achieved more easily by viewing rural healthcare in this way.

An appendix to this document has also been produced, called ‘Wildlife Species in Scotland and Remote Care Policy – What can we debate?‘ – and offers fresh, slightly humorous but relevant comparisons between aspects of rural healthcare and threatened species.

A third document entitled ‘Bench Testing and Risk Management of Remote Practice Models‘ offers advice on how new models of healthcare might be tested prior to implementation.  A number of clinical scenarios are suggested, which can then be played in different scenarios – taking into account weather, transport, and local resource.

jimMore information can be obtained – and feedback provided – to Dr Douglas using contact details provided in the document.

 

 

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