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RPAS Conference 2013


Details have been released about this year’s RPAS (Remote Practitioners’ Association of Scotland) annual conference, to be held in Inverness on November 7-9th 2013.

A topical programme has been carefully planned, including:

  • Training, Recruitment & Retention in Scottish Remote & Rural General Practice : Dr John Gillies, Chair RCGP Scotland
  • BASICS Scotland workstations to refresh those emergency skills
  • An RCGP-led workshop on Deprivation in Rural Practice
  • Updates on Sepsis and Cardiology from specialists: Dr Grant Franklin (Raigmore Hospital), Dr Antonia Reed (East Highland OOH), and Professor Stephen Leslie (Raigmore Hospital/University of Stirling)
  • A behind-the-scenes report of the Arran Snow Crisis by Dr David Hogg: rural GP in Arran and Medical Incident Officer during the crisis

The annual RPAS Dinner will take place on the Friday evening, followed by the AGM on the Saturday morning.

All are welcome, whether members or non-members of RPAS.  We are particularly keen to see new faces, including trainees and students.

>> Conference programme

>> Conference booking form



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Dewar 2013: What have we learned?

Dr Annie Tindley introducing the conference

Dr Annie Tindley introducing the conference

In April this year, the Dewar 2013 conference was held in Fort William.

The day stimulated much debate and discussion, and the full conference can be viewed by webstream here.

Dr Annie Tindley, Senior Lecturer in History and member of the Dewar Group has put together the following slides which – very helpfully – sum up some of the discussion that took place.


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Dewar Project: next steps endorsed

Sir John Dewar
Author of the 1912 Dewar Report

Alex Neil, Scottish Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing, has indicated support for further work into the challenges of remote and rural practice.

Further information is available from the following news stories:

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Scotland: Enquiry into Out of Hours Cover

The Scottish Parliament’s Health and Sport Committee is inviting submissions to an enquiry regarding out of hours care provision in rural areas of Scotland.

In particular, they are keen to hear views on the following questions:

  • What do you think is the most sustainable and cost-effective way to provide adequate out-of-hours services in rural areas?
  • What are your views on the quality of out-of-hours care provided in rural areas, in particular clinical safety and effectiveness?
  • What are your views on the accessibility and availability of out-of-hours care in rural areas?
  • How well do you think NHS 24 and the Scottish Ambulance Service link in with existing out-of-hours services?

These are issues that many readers will already have discussed previously, such as the recent review of the Scottish Ambulance Service response in rural areas.

The RCGP Rural Forum will submit a response on behalf of members, and comments have been obtained from the Yahoo Mailing List, however anyone is free to contribute independently – the deadline for this is November 6th 2009 and further details are available here.

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NHS24 in Rural/Remote Areas

You may be aware of an excellent source of R&R research – Rural & Remote Health.   Thanks to Gordon Baird, who flagged up an interesting article into how the out-of-hours telephone service NHS24 (similar to NHS Direct in England & Wales) fares for remote & rural communities.  Direct link to the article (including PDF) here.

I’ve also added a new RSS bar on the left – this now links directly with the current contents of the European issue of R&RH.

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