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Retrieval 2017 Conference programme now available

Details are now available for the annual Retrieval conference, hosted by the Emergency Medical Retrieval Service of Scotland.

Once again, there is a broad range of topics covered, and another impressive line-up of local and international speakers.  As well as clinical topics, there are also presentations about working with the media in the prehospital setting, and ‘Looking After the Team’ – being aware of the stressors and pressures placed on responders in the emergency prehospital setting.

Registration is now available and abstracts can also be submitted via the Retrieval 2017 website.

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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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RGPAS Conference Student Scholarships 2016

Twitter hashtag: #RGPAS16

Craigmonie Hotel, Inverness

Craigmonie Hotel, Inverness

Things are heating up for this year’s RGPAS 2016 conference, to be held in Inverness on 3-4 November.  A full programme is planned, spanning a range of topics relevant to rural general practice.

We are pleased to announce that following the success of student scholarships being offered for the last 2 years, we will once again be offering RGPAS Conference Student Scholarships.

As of 7th October, all student scholarships have been allocated following a large number of fantastic applications. You may still be able to register for the conference by emailing hello@ruralgp.scot however spaces are limited now for the conference too, so please email to check first. Thanks.

What’s on offer?

Last year we received some great feedback about the event, most of which was really positive.  This year we have built on feedback, including a session specifically for students and trainees which is being led by the current NES GP Rural Fellows – should be a great session.

Read student feedback from last year (pdf)

We will cover the accommodation costs for Thursday night (shared twin room, same gender) of up to ten students who register for the event.

In addition, we have arranged a greatly reduced rate for all students who wish to attend – £10 conference fee (reduced from £120) for the full programme.  The cost of this is being funded from the RGPAS Educational Fund.  Income for this fund includes the proceeds of the donations made for advertising on RuralGP.com.

Who’s eligible to apply?

You must be an undergraduate medical student at a Scottish university (intercalated, international and mature students welcome to apply).  We are keen to hear from any students who have an interest in general or rural practice.

How do I apply?

Just complete the form below – closing date Friday 7th October 2016.  We’ll get back to you a few days after the closing date, either to confirm your success, or to outline other options for accommodation.

Present your vision

We will be featuring a special session on the Friday afternoon of the conference, aimed to bring together students’ and trainees’ “2020” visions of rural practice.  From those students who have received a scholarship, we will select several to present a short powerpoint presentation – of 20 slides each advancing after 20 seconds.  This format is often called ‘Pecha Kucha’ and there is a wealth of advice and tips on the internet about how to make a good Pecha Kucha presentation.

The format will allow us to feature a number of short, snappy presentations of just over 6 minutes, and give students and trainees a podium to share their views on the future of rural practice.  Slides can be text, but the more photos the better!  We will let you know if your ideas have been selected for presentation very soon after the deadline, and you can download a template powerpoint file here.

Application Form

All scholarships now allocated.

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BASICS Scotland Paediatric Tele-Education Course

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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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New number for Scotland’s Retrieval Services

News just out which will be relevant to all Scottish rural GPs and healthcare practitioners…

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Download a poster for your unit (2.2MB)

From 11 July 2016 the telephone number to access a transport team for advice or retrieval will be 0333 990 222.

This number will connect you to the new Specialist Service Desk in the Glasgow Ambulance Control Centre.

The Scottish Ambulance Service are making this change to deliver the following improvements to service users;

  • Provide a single point of contact for advice or retrieval for all age groups
  • Provide real time updates on transport availability at the time of call
  • Utilise multi-party voice conferencing when required/requested for pre-transfer advice or planning
  • Call recording for audit and governance
  • Provide a single point of contact for mission progress updates

To report any issues with this new activation process, please contact the Specialist Service Desk Supervisor on scotamb.ssdsupervisor@nhs.net

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Confused by social media? Watch this from @AndyNeill

Are you confused/threatened/anxious/reluctant about ‘getting onto social media’?  Nearly-but-not-quite signed up to Twitter?

There are numerous videos, blogs and podcasts available to help explain, encourage and reassure about the pros and cons of social media.  Such is the opportunity in accessing peer-led, peer-reviewed, free and easily accessible CPD, that enthusiasts are easy to find who are keen to get their colleagues and confreres hooked too.

Today, however, I found this presentation by Irish emergency medicine trainee Andy Neill (@AndyNeill if you want to find him on Twitter).  It’s 20 minutes of a quality run-through on the pros and cons of using social media professionally, and lots to reflect on.  It is 2 years old, but that doesn’t change its relevance.

Take a look…

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RGPAS Conference Student Scholarships 2015

Update 18/10/15: Thanks for all students who have applied for scholarships. We still have a few *non-accommodated* scholarships remaining, so if you can find your own place to stay, please complete the form below and we’ll get back to you.

Twitter hashtag: #RGPAS15

Craigmonie Hotel, Inverness

Craigmonie Hotel, Inverness

Things are heating up for this year’s RGPAS 2015 conference, to be held in Inverness from Thursday 5th November.  A full programme is planned, spanning a range of topics relevant to rural general practice.

We are pleased to announce that following the run away success last year, we will once again be offering RGPAS Conference Student Scholarships – to enable Scottish medical students to attend with expenses paid.  In addition we have subsidised the cost of student registration fees, to make it more possible for students who have an interest in rural practice, to attend.

What’s on offer?

  • 8 free student places, including Thursday night’s accommodation at the Craigmonie Hotel (or nearby alternative accommodation if necessary)
  • 8 free students places (not including accommodation)
  • a reduced rate for all other students who wish to attend – £25 conference fee (reduced from £120) for the full programme

The cost of this is being funded from the RGPAS Educational Fund.  Income for this fund includes the proceeds of the donations made for advertising on RuralGP.com.

Who’s eligible to apply?

You must be an undergraduate medical student at a Scottish university (intercalated, international and mature students also welcome to apply).  We are keen to hear from any students who have an interest in general or rural practice.

How do I apply?

Simples… complete the form below – closing date Wednesday 14th October 2015.  We’ll get back to you a few days after the closing date, either to confirm you’ve been successful with a scholarship, or to offer you a discounted rate to attend the conference.

Present your vision

We will be featuring a special session on the Friday afternoon of the conference, aimed to bring together students’ and trainees’ “2020” visions of rural practice.  For this, you will be expected to present a short powerpoint presentation – of 20 slides each advancing after 20 seconds.  This format is often called ‘Pecha Kucha’ and there is a wealth of advice and tips on the internet about how to make a good Pecha Kucha presentation.

The format will allow us to feature a number of short, snappy presentations of just over 6 minutes, and give students and trainees a podium to share their views on the future of rural practice.  Slides can be text, but the more photos the better!  We will let you know if your ideas have been selected for presentation very soon after the deadline, and you can download a template powerpoint file here.

Application Form

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Conference News: Rethinking Remote – Inverness, May 2016

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In May 2016 Rethinking Remote will highlight innovative solutions in remote healthcare by considering:

  • How have diverse remote communities solved healthcare challenges?
  • What role might technology play in providing solutions to healthcare in remote locations or communities?
  • In what innovative ways can healthcare workers or first responders be supported to provide better care in remote locations?
  • Can innovation in education and training make a difference to remote healthcare?
  • Speakers will include:

Professor Roger Stasser, Northern Ontario School of Medicine, Canada

Professor George Crooks OBE, Medical Director, NHS 24 and Director of the Scottish Centre for Tele-health and Telecare, UK

Professor Rhona Flin, University of Aberdeen, UK

Dr Alistair Fraser, Vice President (Health), Royal Dutch Shell

Brigadier Tim Hodgetts CBE, Medical Director, Defence Medical Services

 

More details will be posted here, when available.

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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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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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