The Herald reports that the Scottish Centre for Telehealth will merge with NHS24 in 2010.
News just out – OfCom have begun a consultation to develop plans for a new “111” number to be used where non-emergency health advice is required, in England. The main aim seems to reduce pressure from 999 calls, and consequently reduce the number of inappropriate A&E attendances.
The Rural Forum are pleased to confirm that the Clinical Skills Unit will be in attendance at the RCGP Annual Conference, in Glasgow on November 5th-7th. The unit comes in the form of an articulated lorry, containing a clinical environment where resuscitation and surgical procedures can be practised.
It carries an impressive range of simulation models, which can be controlled by a team concealed within a separate room, allowing adult and paediatric resuscitation scenarios to be played with maximum realism. Models are available for CV and arterial line insertion. Procedures such as cannulation, chest drain insertion and intubation are possible too.
The Unit, funded by NES (NHS Education Scotland) has already embarked on a tour of Scotland, with further dates and venues planned for the next few months, details of which are available from the website. The Unit is a 2-year pilot project funded by NES – if you want to take a look, and think about booking a visit for your area, watch out for it at the conference.
If you haven’t already visited the new e-GP online learning site, this one’s well worth bookmarking.
Shaped around the ever-evolving RCGP Curriculum, the site has been developed by the Department of Health and RCGP. Over the next two years, more and more content will be added – and the uniqe aspect of this resource is that modules are written by practising GPs, exclusively targetted at present and future GPs.
As well as being a resource for GPs in training, its content is also aimed at qualified GPs to facilitate continuing professional development, in particular for revalidation purposes.
The RCGP Rural Forum is keen to identify which rural topics might be considered for inclusion on the e-GP site. If you have any ideas (or indeed are interested in helping to develop these) please get in touch. Ideas so far include rural occupational medicine and emergency care.