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Rural Mentoring Survey: Results

Many thanks to everyone who took part in the mentoring survey, which closed tonight after 2 weeks.  This was kindly hosted by RCGP.  Over fifty rural medical practitioners responded, with some useful and insightful results.

The raw data are presented below.  If you can’t see anything, you can also download a PDF file here.  Apologies that this is slightly clunky – and please note that comments are presented at the end of the PDF.  If you have a large screen, it may be worthwhile opening up two windows so you can follow the questions and free text answers at the same time.

Further analysis will be carried out to summarise the main conclusions.  It is hoped to present this on RuralGP.com in the next few weeks.  In the meantime, I have made the following observations on what could be considered the ‘next steps’:

  • Development of a profiles page, giving details of rural GPs who are prepared to act as mentors for committed trainees. (With some time for thought about how this should be co-ordinated and supported).
  • Development of a scholarship scheme for medical student electives.
  • Play down the role of social media, and improve quality student/trainee access to good rural practice experience.

Discussion can take place via the various email groups, or post a comment below.

 

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24 hours in the life of a NZ GP

This article from 2009 was published in the Timaru Herald, about Dr Paula Hyde, a GP who works in Fairlie, New Zealand.

Dr Hyde of Fairlie Medical Centre, New Zealand

It gives a whistle-stop tour of some her typical duties, and some of the less typical ones.  Her practice presents dilemmas that are familiar to most rural GPs.  She describes the importance of involving students in rural practice, and derives enthusiasm for ongoing medical practice from the ideas that they bring.

It’s the callouts that stretch us. As rural doctors, we have to be ready to be on call at any given time.

Read the full article here.

 

 

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The R&R of R&R

Recruitment & retention… a big topic this week on the email groups, and a major topic for remote and rural healthcare since healthcare began.  Major difficulties are being noticed globally, hence the Australian, New Zealand, WHO, EU and local efforts to address the issue.

What do you think?  RuralGP.com has launched a survey to collate as many ideas as possible, and get a handle on whether provision of mentoring to enthusiastic young doctors who are interested in a rural career, would be feasible and effective as just one solution.

You can access the survey here.  It has a Scottish focus but we invite opinion from across the globe.  It should take a maximum of 10 minutes, and you have until Monday 5th November 2012 to complete the survey.  Entries are confidential and the final report will be published on RuralGP.com.

 

 

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NES Rural Fellowships now online

NHS Education for Scotland are now recruiting for the next round of GP Rural Fellowships – due to start in August this year.  Aimed at GPs who have recently finished training (including those who are expecting to complete training in August), they offer an excellent opportunity to combine experience in rural practice, with supported study leave for additional skills and professional development.

Full details are available from the NES website.

Photo: Creative Commons Licence: Colin Campbell
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Capturing the essence of rural practice

Dr Kevin Woodbridge, who was the GP for North Ronaldsay in Orkney, was one of the GPs to feature in the original book "Single Handed"

Dr James Douglas, a GP in Fort William, introduces an exciting new project to capture the essence of rural and remote practice in a series of recorded interviews, to complement the “Single Handed” photo-documentary published ten years ago…

The book “Singlehanded General Practitioners in Remote and Rural Areas” was published in 2000 by Rosie Donovan and John Bain.  Rosie Donovan is a black and white photographer and John Bain was Professor of General Practice at the University of Dundee.

Like all good ideas it had a classical simplicity.  John Bain had spotted a medical species which was about to become extinct and had seen some of Rosie’s previous work capturing working people in Canada.  Rosie travelled Scotland to photograph the “GP characters” and capture their thoughts on singlehanded practice.  The stories told themselves and the book became a classic to inform policy and widen understanding of remote practice in Scotland.

The photos even gained a permanent hallowed place in the Royal College of General Practitioners in Queen Street, Edinburgh.  Ten years after Single Handed and the disappearance of single-handed practice, there is a need to capture the thoughts of the current generation of remote and rural GPs in order to guide policy and educational planning in the same manner as the original Single Handed.

While black and white photographs can give an enhanced artistic perspective in portraits there seems to be a need to use new media for a new generation. Thus the recycled idea in a new form!  We hope that this first podcast will be of interest to doctors and students considering a career in remote and rural general practice in the UK.

I would be delighted to get any feedback or contributions to this project!

Dr James Douglas, GP, Tweeddale Medical Practice , Fort William

james.douglas2@nhs.net

Dr Iain McNicol was the GP for Port Appin in Scotland, and a founder member of BASICS Scotland.  Dr Douglas interviewed him during a meeting of the Rural Fellowship project held at Skeabost in Skye, in January this year.

[podcast]http://www.ruralgp.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/mcnicol-interview-mp3.mp3[/podcast]

 

 

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Recruitment & Retention: Scotland & Ghana

During a recent visit, Pam Nicholl and Fiona Fraser from RRHEAL (Rural and Remote Healthcare Education Alliance, Scotland) joined Mr James Antwi, Ministry of Health in Ghana, to present a wide ranging discussion regarding the challenges faced in delivering healthcare in remote and rural areas.  The meeting was chaired by Mike Walsh, chair of the Institute of People-Centred Healthcare Management at Stirling University.

Despite the diversity of the landscapes considered, there are significant similarities in the challenges encountered in both Scotland and Ghana. Play the podcast below to listen to the full discussion.  The latest report from the project is available from this link (pdf).

[podcast]http://staff.stir.ac.uk/kate.hannay/28april.mp3[/podcast]

 

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Rural Week in Nova Scotia

Good luck to our colleagues at the Dalhousie Medical School, in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia.  Today is the first day of their Rural Week,  an organised programme for newer medical students to experience rural practice.

As well as the anticipated effect for recruitment of future rural doctors, they also feel that it is vital that all doctors gain exposure to the challenges of rural practice, so that there is better understanding if they follow a more urban or centralised career pathway.

The video below explains the programme, and has contributions from both staff and students.  Please leave a comment or contact us directly if you know of other projects like this where you work.  A recent article in the Canadian Journal of Rural Medicine by Dr Roderick Cheung highlights the importance of these weeks in providing early inspiration.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EjV942e5V48

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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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