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Rural Opportunities in Scotland

NHS Education for Scotland has released a new DVD about opportunities for various healthcare careers within rural areas.  It’s part of the Remote and Rural Healthcare Educational Alliance (RRHEAL), an initiative to improve training and development of healthcare teams across rural Scotland.

The first part of the video focusses on dentistry; there are subsequent interviews with Charlie Siderfin (GP Postgraduate Tutor, Orkney), Chris Williams (GP Trainee, Orkney) and David Sedgwick (Consultant Surgeon, Fort William).  If you can’t see the video below, you might need to visit this page on Vimeo.

The next round of GP Rural Fellowships – ideal for recently qualified GPs – will be released soon on the NES website.  You can read more about these fellowships here.

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CultivAiTing Rural GPs for the Future

RuralGP is excited to showcase it’s first slidecast.  These are similar to podcasts, except that the audio can be linked up to a powerpoint presentation – so allowing presentations to be shared easily to a wider audience!

This slidecast is recorded from the RCGP Annual Conference during the launch of the RCGP Rural Forum, on Thursday last week.  David Hogg (blog editor) explains some proposed changes to GP Training, and where rural practice stands to gain and lose.   In the next week, we also hope to feature Malcolm Ward’s launch of the Rural Forum, as well as the videolink with Prof Richard Hayes, giving his insights on how the Rural Forum can learn from experiences in Australia.

RuralGP is keen to host other slidecasts.  It’s relatively simple to do.  If you would like to know more about this, please do get in touch.  We hope to share presentations from future events too.  Many thanks to Dr Soleman Begg for his technical expertise, with which this slidecast has been made possible.

Note that you can expand the presentation to full screen for better viewing.  The comments expressed are a personal view, and not necessarily representative of the view of the RCGP or RCGP Rural Forum.


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Study: Rural Placements for UK Medical Students

It’s increasingly recognised that rural practice can offer undergraduate medical students excellent learning opportunities, with higher-than-average satisfaction compared with their urban counterparts.  There can be many reasons for this, not least that students are often forced into immersing themselves in the local community, as a rural placement will normally involve staying within the locality, instead of being able to return home from an urban practice which is normally easier to commute to.

Furthermore, there is good evidence that giving students a good experience of rural practice during the early stages of their careers, stimulates a considerable number of them to seriously consider taking up rural posts once more qualified.  That’s certainly the case in my experience, when a fulfilling 5 week placement at the Group Practice in Stornoway made me think more about rural general practice as a career option.

However, how rural practice is offered to undergraduates, is implemented in many different ways across the UK.  Of course, that is no bad thing, but we are starting to better understand the relationship between early student experiences and later career choice.

This piece of research from the IRH considers the rural practice opportunities for students at Keele University, and reports on some of the key findings from conversations with students who have benefitted from such placements.

>> Rural and Remote Health Journal – View Article.

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Feature Link: Centre for Rural Health

There’s always been a link to the Centre for Rural Health from this blog, but they’ve recently made some great improvements to their site.

The Centre is based in Aberdeen University, where there seems to be a lot of rural research going on – for health as well as other topics too.  Aberdeen is now home to one of 3 UK Rural Digital Economy Hubs. In April, the University was awarded £12.4 million to investigate how digital strategies can help enhance rural communities, including the potential benefits for healthcare.

You can see a full list of the Centre’s current research projects on their website.

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Single Handed by Rosie Donovan

Here’s an interesting insight into the work of some of our more remote colleagues.  Granted, this isn’t recent news, but I thought it might tempt readers who’ve not seen this before.

Rosie Donovan is a Scottish photographer who carried out a photo-documentary of the lives of several remote & rural GPs in Scotland.  The exhibition that resulted is apparently on permanent display at RCGP in Edinburgh, and is also available in a book – you can order yours on her website.

However, much of the content is available to peruse on the site too – note that you can click the portrait photos to find out more about each story.

Sometime soon, I hope that some practitioners’ profiles can feature on this blog.  For the time being, I’m sure Rosie’s commentaries will provide an insightful read.

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