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BASICS Scotland Paediatric Tele-Education Course

basics_logo_new_large_csNews just in from BASICS Scotland about their latest educational offerings…

We are pleased to announce the latest start date for our popular Paediatric Tele-Education Course

Book now for 5th September Start!

This course is specifically designed to refresh your knowledge of Paediatric Emergency Medicine

The 9 week 1 hour course will offer you the chance to refresh &/or advance your knowledge on a variety of topics. Run over 9 weeks with a 2 week break, the course starts on the 5th September 2016 and covers a different topic each week over 1 hour live web based tele-conferencing sessions using our Adobe Connect system.

Topics covered include:

  • Child with fever and Meningitis
  • Head Injury
  • Seizures
  • Allergy Anaphylaxis
  • Asthma
  • LRTI
  • Epiglottitis & Croup
  • Gastroenteritis & Dehydration
  • Pain Relief

Can’t make the live sessions?

Don’t worry, each live session is recorded and made available on our E-learning website for you to view in your own time – access to course materials ends 6 weeks after last live session.

Book Now as closing date for registration is Friday 19th August 2016!

What does it cost?

The cost for this course is:

  • £135 for BASICS Scotland members
  • £150 for non-members

To download the information flyers and application form, visit the BASICS Scotland Tele-education page.

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BASICS Scotland Clinical Governance 14th June – programme now available

BASICS Scotland will be holding its next Clinical Governance meeting on Tuesday 14th June 2016 from 18:30 – 20:00.

This meeting will be chaired by Catrina Hewitt and cases being discussed include:

  • A diving emergency (Skye) presented by Andrew Harris
  • RTC (Grampian) presented by Alan Clauson
  • Prolonged Arrest (Arran) presented by David Hogg

We also have Neil Sinclair discussing CPD: Capnography and Richard Price will be covering SPHERE reports.

You can download the programme for this meeting here.

basics_logo_new_large_csThese meetings – held quarterly – tend to attract more than 20-30 responders from across Scotland.

This is a service for members of BASICS Scotland, and you can join by contacting the BASICS Scotland office in advance.  All you need is a functioning webcam & microphone/speaker – and the BASICS office will provide details on how to join the meeting by Adobe Connect (a form of videoconferencing).

We hope to see you there – either to listen in the background, or in contributing your views!  Don’t forget that you can listen to previous BASICS Scotland clinical governance meetings by logging into the website and looking under member benefits.

More about these meetings…

Currently the cases we discuss are gathered from PRF’s that have been submitted to BASICS Scotland. We are keen for these Clinical Governance Meetings to be an open forum so if you have any case that you think would be of interest or you would like to discuss with your peers, contact us now at clinicalgovernance@basics-scotland.org.uk.

The BASICS Scotland Clinical Governance Meetings are held quarterly and are provided over internet based video conferencing allowing you to have a face to face meeting with your peers from the comfort of your own home or work place to share and discuss clinical cases that you may have been involved in or are interested in.

Each meeting consists of a selection of cases which are presented by the person involved and is then opened up for discussion giving you the opportunity to learn from others.

This is a free benefit to all BASICS Scotland members

If you haven’t been to one of our meetings before and would like to attend this or future meetings please email or call Craig Stewart at the BASICS Scotland office – cstewart@basics-scotland.org.uk or tel: 01764 663671.

Invites will automatically be sent out to everyone who has previously attended one of our Clinical Governance Meetings.

Not sure how it works?

Never attended one of our internet based video conference sessions using Adobe Connect and unsure of how it all works? Contact Craig at the BASICS Scotland office (cstewart@basics-scotland.org.uk or call 01764 663 671 ) and he will be more than happy to help you get set up.

You can also catch up on previous meetings which will give you a good idea of what is involved by logging into the BASICS Scotland members website and visiting the Clinical Governance section.

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BASICS Scotland Clinical Governance 14th June – sign up now

BASICSlogoBASICS Scotland will be holding its next Clinical Governance meeting on Tuesday 14th June 2016 from 18:30 – 20:00.

The programme for the next meeting is in the process of being developed.  BASICS Scotland is keen to hear from any members or responders who would like to contribute to this meeting – either about an interesting case or about a topic that has caused some discussion.

 

basicsThese meetings – held quarterly – tend to attract more than 20-30 responders from across Scotland.

This is a service for members of BASICS Scotland, and you can join by contacting the BASICS Scotland office in advance.  All you need is a functioning webcam & microphone/speaker – and the BASICS office will provide details on how to join the meeting by Adobe Connect (a form of videoconferencing).

We hope to see you there – either to listen in the background, or in contributing your views!  Don’t forget that you can listen to previous BASICS Scotland clinical governance meetings by logging into the website and looking under member benefits.

More about these meetings…

Currently the cases we discuss are gathered from PRF’s that have been submitted to BASICS Scotland. We are keen for these Clinical Governance Meetings to be an open forum so if you have any case that you think would be of interest or you would like to discuss with your peers, contact us now at clinicalgovernance@basics-scotland.org.uk.

The BASICS Scotland Clinical Governance Meetings are held quarterly and are provided over internet based video conferencing allowing you to have a face to face meeting with your peers from the comfort of your own home or work place to share and discuss clinical cases that you may have been involved in or are interested in.

Each meeting consists of a selection of cases which are presented by the person involved and is then opened up for discussion giving you the opportunity to learn from others.

This is a free benefit to all BASICS Scotland members

If you haven’t been to one of our meetings before and would like to attend this or future meetings please email or call Craig Stewart at the BASICS Scotland office – cstewart@basics-scotland.org.uk or tel: 01764 663671.

Invites will automatically be sent out to everyone who has previously attended one of our Clinical Governance Meetings.

Not sure how it works?

Never attended one of our internet based video conference sessions using Adobe Connect and unsure of how it all works? Contact Craig at the BASICS Scotland office (cstewart@basics-scotland.org.uk or call 01764 663 671 ) and he will be more than happy to help you get set up.

You can also catch up on previous meetings which will give you a good idea of what is involved by logging into the BASICS Scotland members website and visiting the Clinical Governance section.

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BASICS Scotland conference: 3rd September 2016

basics_logo_new_large_csDetails have been announced about the 14th BASICS Scotland annual conference and AGM.

Building on the success of previous conferences, and with a stimulating line-up of speakers and workshops, this year’s conference offers a great learning and networking opportunity for all those involved and interested in prehospital care in Scotland – whether from a medical, nursing, paramedic or other background.

 

air-shotThe conference will return to the Newton Hotel in Nairn, just 30 minutes drive from Inverness.  Entitled ‘The Evidence: The Practice” the programme aims to highlight how latest evidence has been translated into best practice, and how you can ensure that you are offering the most up-to-date intervention in your local area.

Featuring topics such as the new NICE Guidelines on major trauma and building on TOPCAT evidence of prehospital cardiac arrest management, to the new Search & Rescue helicopter arrangements in the UK and paediatric trauma… it will be easy for participants to link these updates back to their own practice.

 

Master BedroomThere will also be the customary BASICS Scotland dinner and ceilidh, with accommodation available at the Newton Hotel to make the event a potential weekend away.

Early bird rates are available until 31st May.

You can download the programme and booking form by following the links below.

Conference Brochure (2.1 MB)   Booking Form

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Frailty: VC Update Session, 29th March

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Managing frailty in remote and rural settings – ideas for the challenges ahead

Tuesday 29 March 2016, NES Dental Lecture Theatre, CfHS

More info from the RRHEAL website

Presented by…

  • Dr Kate Dawson (GP, Benbecula)
  • Dr Martin Wilson (Consultant, Care of the Elderly, NHS Highland)
  • Ms Deena Dean (Physiotherapist, Arran)

We are approaching a point where a quarter of our population is over 65, and this will be approaching a third of the population in fifteen to twenty years. As rural practitioners, a very large part of our continuing careers is going to involve frail patients who struggle with access to hospital-based services. There are new opportunities for redesigning what we do as integrated Health &Social Care develops, and the new GP contract is formed.

The session will cover the identification and assessment of frailty in remote and rural settings. We will hear about one rural frailty pathway, and then discuss example cases.

Dr Kate Dawson and Dr Martin Wilson have provided content as “pre-reading/viewing” in preparation for your engagement with the session focusing on frailty on Tuesday 29th March:-

http://www.rrheal.scot.nhs.uk/what-we-do/programmes-and-events/rural-gp-vc-education-network.aspx

Please click on the link above to take you to the relevant RRHEAL education platform page – which hosts all pre-reading and viewing materials.

If you wish to attend this session on Frailty, please complete the Application Form and return to rrheal@nes.scot.nhs.uk – there is still time to sign up.  Joining is possible from standard NHS ISDN sites, or via Jabber.

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Register now for the BASICS Scotland Tele-Education course in Adult Emergencies

BASICSlogoBASICS Scotland are launching the next round of their acclaimed Tele-education Course in Adult Emergency Care.

Who’s it for?

This Course is primarily for doctors, nurses & paramedics delivering care in the pre-hospital environment.

How do I take part?

New evidence based topics are delivered by weekly 1 hour sessions over 9 weeks for the paediatric course and 10 weeks for the adult course. These are presented live through our internet based video conference system using Adobe Connect which can be accessed anywhere in the world that you have a computer with an internet connection and up-to-date web browser with the latest Flash Player plugin installed.

Can’t make the live sessions? Don’t worry. Each live session is recorded and made available on our E-learning website along with supporting materials so you can view them in your own time.

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The BASICS Scotland Tele-education studio

The adult course covers topics such as:

Allergy & Anaphylaxis; Asthma; LVF – Adult Pneumonia; Stroke & TIA; Chest Pain & Thrombolysis; Head Injury; ENT Emergencies; Wounds, Burns & Tetanus; Pain Relief; Seizures

The first session starts on Friday 22nd April 2016.  Apply by Friday 1st April 2016.

Course cost: £150 for non-members / £135 (BASICS Scotland members) 

For more information on this course, please visit the BASICS Scotland website or contact Leah at admin@basics-scotland.org.uk or call her on 01764 663671.

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Feedback from previous courses:

I picked up lots of useful tips, particularly regarding the range of drugs that I should consider using in a remote pre-hospital environment and the management of wounds and minor injuries.

Excellent course, loved been able to do it online, like structure of a topic each, 2 week break worked well. I enjoyed that the sessions were interactive, learned lots of useful information, thank you,

A very useful course that has increased my confidence in emergency situations.

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Community Hospital Major Trauma: CPD by VC

basicsEverything about major trauma is now about getting the patient to the right place, first time.  For rural areas this means that often the rural community hospital is bypassed, so that a patient can be transported – often by helicopter – to one of Scotland’s major trauma centres.

This, of course, makes sense.  Combining early effective response, often involving EMRS/ambulance service colleagues as well as early callout of BASICS Scotland responders to begin treatment on scene – along with definitive care including early imaging and restorative surgery where necessary – is optimum patient care.

However, there are occasions when a community hospital – or a protracted local rural practitioner response – will be required to stabilise casualties e.g. in multiple casualty incidents or when air transfer is not available.

So how does rural Scotland – and the role of the rural GP/nurse/paramedic – fit into ongoing development of Scotland’s Major Trauma Network?

This is the question which will be addressed at the next meeting of the RRHEAL Rural GP VC Education Network.  Held on Tuesday 24th November – 1230-1400 – the event is free for rural practitioners to sign up to across rural Scotland.

Chaired by Dr Charlie Siderfin (GP – Balfour Hospital, Orkney) and with input from EMRS colleagues, this meeting will consider what community hospitals can do to provide an effective response to the major trauma patient; and how this fits in with ‘best practice’ and the major trauma network.

Programme:
  • Introductions
  • Spotlight: Background to the Scottish Major Trauma Network
  • Case & Arran Major Trauma Pathway
  • EMRS: Scotland Major Trauma Network and You
  • Discussion

To sign up, please complete the application form available from RRHEAL here.  You can link in from any NHS Scotland VC site, or via your personal NHS Scotland VC account (Jabber).  There are however limited places so please contact RRHEAL as soon as possible.

We hope to see you there.

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BASICS Scotland Clinical Governance 16th September – sign up now

BASICSlogoBASICS Scotland will be holding its next Clinical Governance meeting on Wednesday 16th September, from 18:30 – 20:00.

The next meeting will cover two varied incidents – and offers a great insight into the difficult and challenging decision-making required in the prehospital environment… and a chance to learn from each others’ perspectives.

John Pritchard, Lead Paramedic at Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance will chair this session.

‘Do you want the trauma team, doc?’

The first item will offer some focussed discussion on the role of the trauma team.  We’ll reflect on a case that David Hogg had… with ambulance control helpfully prompting over the radio, ‘do you want the trauma team’.  It got him thinking about whether he really knew what they had to offer.  As well as the case presentation, we’ll have some expert input and some general discussion about what a trauma team can bring to the trauma patient.

Duncan Tripp – winchman with the new SAR helicopter service in Inverness (ex – Sea King at Lossiemouth) – will present a recent case that he was involved with.

Chris Moultrie will be updating us with incidents logged into the SPHERE system, and Richard Price will review the use of oxygen during myocardial infarction.

We’ll also take a look at the new BASICS Scotland appraisal toolkit – and will be keen for comments and suggestions!

basicsThese meetings – held quarterly – tend to attract more than 20-30 responders from across Scotland.

This is a service for members of BASICS Scotland, and you can join by contacting the BASICS Scotland office in advance.  All you need is a functioning webcam & microphone/speaker – and the BASICS office will provide details on how to join the meeting by Adobe Connect (a form of videoconferencing).

We hope to see you there – either to listen in the background, or in contributing your views!  Don’t forget that you can listen to previous BASICS Scotland clinical governance meetings by logging into the website and looking under member benefits.

Recommended reading includes the RRHEAL Checklist for VC participation.

The BASICS Scotland clinical governance meetings are held in Adobe Connect - with broadband of 2MB/s or higher, you can join in the discussion.

The BASICS Scotland clinical governance meetings are held in Adobe Connect – with broadband of 2MB/s or higher, you can join in the discussion.

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RGPAS – Conference 5th – 7th November 2015

newlogosquaretextThe Rural GP Association of Scotland (formerly RPAS) will be holding their annual conference on 5th – 7th November 2015, once again at the Craigmonie Hotel in Inverness.

Details about the programme will be issued soon.  One to put in the diary!  Following the successful introduction last year of offering a number of medical student scholarships, we will be doing the same again this year.

Watch this space… meantime, take a look at the new RGPAS website and Facebook pages.  And you can follow the RGPAS Twitter account @RuralGPScot.

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Major step forward for rural GP CPD in Scotland

webcamRuralGP.com is pleased to learn that RRHEAL is set to pilot a Scotland-wide virtual education network from September.

The Rural GP VC Education network has been established by RRHEAL to share good practice and CPD opportunities amongst remote and rural practitioners in Scotland. It will deliver an initial series of three clinical meet-up sessions using video conference and Jabber to enable a wide range of participants to join from remote, rural and island locations.

The sessions have been designed to focus on selected “hot topics in rural practice” enabling rural practitioners to link up, share evidence based presentations, facilitated discussion and consider applications to clinical practice.  The first three sessions will focus on Major Trauma, Acute Coronary Syndrome and Suicide Prevention/Mental Health – with further details to follow and to be tailored to the requests of those involved.

The sessions will be available by a VC link from 12.30pm to 2.00pm on the last Tuesday of the month every 2 months with dates as follows:

  • Tuesday 29 September, Dental Lecture Theatre, Centre for Health Science
  • Tuesday 24 November, NES Boardroom, Centre for Health Science
  • Tuesday 25 January 2016, NES Boardroom, Centre for Health Science

More information can be found here or by contacting rrheal@nes.scot.nhs.uk

Add these dates to your diary and share with colleagues.  You can also visit the NHS Scotland National Videoconference Service for information on how to easily link in to these – and other – videoconferenced events.  We hope to run an article on this at RuralGP.com in the near future too.

Tip! If you want to link into these meetings via your laptop, iPad or home PC, take a look at the information on the NHS Scotland VC pages about Jabber – which allows you to connect to the NHS Scotland VC network from nearly any internet-connected device. More details available from this page or the ever-helpful support team.

This pilot originated from a discussion with Bruce Chater, a rural GP in Australia who I met at the WONCA Rural Health Conference held in Dubrovnik in April – for which my attendance was supported by RCGP Scotland.  Bruce highlighted the opportunities available from videoconferencing to establish managed educational and clinical networks between rural practitioners.  I’m grateful to Pam Nicoll and Ronald MacVicar, and subsequently NHS Education for Scotland and RRHEAL for taking the idea forward and through to this pilot stage.

The longer term aim is that we see improved (and more consistent) levels of VC literacy across rural Scotland as the technology and reliable broadband speeds are increasingly available to us all to share good practice and great ideas.  BASICS Scotland and EMRS have also stimulated lots of work in this area, and hopefully this will be another useful means by which we can reduce professional and geographical isolation – rural practice is full of innovation and good ideas.

The following video went viral last year, and encapsulates lots of the points that we want to avoid by improved use of virtual conferencing by phone or video… enjoy if you haven’t already seen it!

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