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RGPAS18 Conference Registration now open

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The Rural GP Association of Scotland (RGPAS) is pleased to announce that registration for its annual conference is now open, following a period of priority booking for its members.

This year’s conference will take place on 8-10 November 2018, once again at our preferred venue of The Craigmonie Hotel in Inverness.

The programme will commence at 1pm on Thursday 8th November, and finish at lunchtime on Saturday 10th November.  This year will feature discussion, presentations and debate about the impact of the new Scottish GP contract on rural healthcare, as well as a number of clinical updates and opportunities for participants to catch up and relax.

As with previous years, there will be a strong focus on the conference being welcoming and convivial.  Many of our members (and non-members) come from remote and isolated practices, and RGPAS conferences place a strong emphasis on fostering informal peer support opportunities.

Unfortunately, this year we have had to curtail our usual undergraduate activity, as already highlighted in this article.  We very much regret that we cannot run the scholarships this year, but we’ve been so busy working out how to represent the concerns of our members and rural communities in relation to the new contract, that the committee don’t have the capacity this year to organise this aspect.  We very much hope that it will return in future years.

The cost of the conference is £130, and this includes a 3-course conference dinner with wine on the Thursday evening.  Accommodation can be booked directly with the Craigmonie Hotel.

What’s in the programme?

Programme details are still to be confirmed.  We are in the process of finalising speakers and the schedule, and this will be published here and notified to our members.  We are aiming for a relevant and useful mix of topics and speakers, to inform and re-energise participants – but also to reflect the anxieties and concerns of RGPAS members about the impact of the new GP Contract on rural communities, and consider effective ways forward.  We’re pleased to confirm that Prof Sir Lewis Ritchie (Chair of the Rural Short Life Working Group formed by the Scottish Government to consider implementation of the GP contract) and Dr Andrew Buist (Chair, Scottish GP Committee) will be attending.  We will also have updates from the Scottish Rural Medicine Collaborative, management of blood-borne viruses and consideration of how to recognise and maximise the delivery of Realistic Medicine in rural settings.

We hope that the conference will showcase the ongoing innovation and potential that exists across rural Scotland, and the need for national health policy to be appropriately rural-proofed to ensure sustainability for the future of Scottish rural healthcare.

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RGPAS Conference 2018 update

Our conference is set to go ahead on the 8-10 November 2018, in Inverness at the Craigmonie Hotel.

HOWEVER, we have regretfully had to make changes to the usual format, and we are not able to run the student scholarship scheme that has been a successful and vibrant component of past RGPAS conferences.

The RGPAS Committee has reflected on the current challenges to rural practice in Scotland.  Implementation of the new GP contract has created much extra work, anxiety and uncertainty amongst our members.  As a result, we aim to offer a programme focussing on pragmatic support and guidance to our members.

Our members and committee are busy rural GPs, and we have been stretched further by the implementation of a non-rural-proofed GP contract.  We believe that this has devalued and threatened many of the existing services and skills provided to Scotland’s communities by GP-led practice teams.  We need to consider our strategic response as an organisation and as individual members.

Booking details will be provided as soon as possible.

Click to download the report (2.6MB)

We intend to provide more detail on our current concerns in the next few weeks, including our perspective on progress with initiatives such as the rural Short Life Working Group.  Our summary document ‘Looking at the Right Map?’ remains our reference point for our ongoing concerns about the new contract.  There have, however, been additional concerns raised since that publication including:

  • the feasibility of rural multidisciplinary teams and pharmacy support
  • recognition of the workload created by seasonal spikes of temporary residents
  • the sustainability of additional services offered by rural practices
  • the safety and efficacy of the proposed vaccinations programme, which is to be provided by health boards
  • the effect of the new contract on capacity for undergraduate teaching
  • the effect of the contract on GP recruitment and retention in rural areas

In the meantime, we apologise in particular to the many students who have already contacted us with an interest in rural practice, and hope that we can offer our student scholarships again next year.

Further reading…

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BASICS Scotland Adult Tele-education Course Starts 16th April 2018

BASICS Scotland would like to announce the dates for the next Adult Tele-education Course, presented by Karyn Webster. This 10 week course will start on Monday the 16th April and run for 10 weeks with a 1-week break in June.

Tele-education by BASICS Scotland is an online learning resource ideal for remote and rural practitioners eager to reinforce and develop their skills in pre-hospital emergency care. The benefit of Tele-education is that participants can take part without having to leave their home or place of work. The course is delivered entirely over the web, with weekly 1-hour live sessions in a video conferencing format which participants can attend or view the recordings later at a time more convenient for them!

Topics on this course include:

  • Assessment Airway & ENT
  • Asthma
  • Breathlessness (LRTI/LVF)
  • Chest Pain & Thrombolysis
  • Allergy & Anaphylaxis
  • Stroke & TIA
  • Head Injury
  • Seizures
  • Wounds, Burns & Tetanus
  • Pain Relief

If you are interested in taking part in this course or would like more information head over to the BASICS Scotland website and complete an application form today!

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GURRMS student conference in Portree this Friday

The Glasgow University Remote & Rural Medicine Society will hold their conference this Friday and Saturday in Portree, on the Isle of Skye.

This follows a highly successful conference held by GURRMS last year on the Isle of Islay, successfully bringing together a large number of medical students from Scotland and beyond, to hear about rural practice, share thoughts and experiences, and gain a better perspective of career options for the future.

Quite incredibly, tickets were sold out for GURRMS18 within 15 minutes of them becoming available online.  Perhaps it is not so surprising, given the varied and experienced line-up of speakers they have secured for the event, along with activities both medical and social.  The blend of social and educational activities provided at GURRMS17 has also established a positive and attractive precedent for GURRMS too.

You can read through the GURRMS conference programme – just released today – from this link.  Highlights include Dr Ben Price talking about BASICS Scotland activity, Dr Luke Regan discussing ‘Why I Love My Job and You Should Too’, and Prof Phil Wilson on ‘Why Rural Doctors Need to do Research’.  I am delighted to have been asked to speak too, and will be asking ‘Rural GP – Is it what it’s Cracked Up To Be?’.

The Keynote Talk is being delivered by Profs Roger and Sarah Strasser – who are travellig from Canada and Australia as I type, to inspire the GURRMS18 students with their advice and experience from developing innovative rural health education… and the international opportunities that come with rural practice.

The conference has been supported by a number of organisations, including RGPAS, but much of the credit must fall to James and his committee of Josie, Seb, Michael, Eloise and John for all their work to bring this together.

Many students in Scotland have very little exposure to rural medicine, despite almost half of the population living in such an area. The aim of this conference is to promote this career as a viable option and to encourage those interested to go and explore what there is to offer! Here on Skye, we hope you have an authentic experience and truly get to see what rural medicine is.

My own journey was started with an elective on Arran where I learned first-hand how this path is right for me, so we hope that we can give you a glimpse of that with what will be a stimulating programme. We encourage you to get involved in discussions and make the most of the experts here, who have a wealth of experience!

James McHugh, President of GURRMS

Well done to GURRMS for putting on this event, juggling all the logistics (whilst some were sitting final exams) and providing such a brilliant showcase for Scottish and international rural health.  We might even celebrate with a Skye dram or two!

You can follow the conference on Twitter using the #GURRMS18 and #thinkrural hashtags.

Download the #GURRMS18 programme

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19th March 2018: Next BASICS Scotland Clinical Governance Meeting

basics_logo_new_large_csBASICS Scotland Clinical Governance Meeting

The next Clinical Governance Meeting will take place on Monday 19th March 2018 at 7.00pm.

We are still looking for any interesting cases out there to discuss. Do you have something? If so contact us on clinicalgovernance@basics-scotland.org.uk with details.

The meeting summary and supporting documents are now available on the members website for the meeting held in January.

Clinical Governance Meetings are available for free to any Member of BASICS Scotland wishing to attend and they count towards your CPD. These meetings contain interesting case presentations from various BASICS Responders and other pre-hospital professionals and are streamed live via Adobe Connect with a recording made available on the Members site.

If you haven’t attended one of our CGM’s before and would like to attend please contact us at support@basics-scotland.org.uk and we will set you up with an Adobe Connect account for accessing the meeting.

Invitations containing the link to access the meeting room will be sent out 2 days prior to the date of the meeting.

 

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8th EURIPA Health Forum: 14-16 November 2018

The 8th EURIPA Rural Health Forum will be held in Maale Hachamisha, Israel between 14 – 16 November 2018. The theme for this year’s Forum is

“The challenge of the vulnerable and ageing population in rural medicine”

and will focus on the importance of delivering quality medical care in remote locations to the old, incapacitated and deprived.
 
The deadline for abstract submissions has been set for the 16th of September.

The abstract submission is now been open and this can be done directly from the website:  www.euripaforum2018.eu

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Dumfries & Galloway GP event – invitation to come visit!

Calling all GPs with itchy feet…

We invite you to come and spend a night in the lovely Creebridge House Hotel in Newton Stewart on
Saturday 28 April 2018.

Dinner, bed and breakfast for you and a partner will all be paid for.

All we ask is that you share dinner on the Saturday evening with a few local GPs.  We would also like to treat you to lunch at the Crown Hotel in Portpatrick on the Sunday.

How you spend the rest of your weekend is up to you…

For more information, please contact Lucy Gurling (GP Liaison Officer) at lucy.gurling@nhs.net

There is no cost to you for this event. We want to make it easy for you to come and experience the beauty and feel-good nature of Wigtownshire. Our hope is that, once you have had a taste of the place, you may consider coming to live and work here.

To register for this event, we need an assurance from you that you are a fully qualified GP who is actively considering a move within the next year, and that you are open minded about moving to rural Wigtownshire.

Anyone interested should contact Lucy Gurling by emailing lucy.gurling@nhs.net describing in a couple of paragraphs a little about you and why you would like to come to this event.

In terms of plans for the weekend, we would be more than happy to point you in the direction of places of interest in the area, and also happy to organise informal tours of GP premises if requested.

Please come armed with questions about living and working here, and also about family life – we will do our best to answer you. But if, having visited, you decide this area is not for you, we will respect that and will be pleased that you came to explore what Wigtownshire has to offer.

For more information you can view this PDF or watch the clip below…

Banner image above courtesy of JMiall
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International research into rural young people’s views

Research into rural youth launched to coincide with the Year of Young People

An initiative designed to research and better understand rural young people, aged 18-28, has been launched. The Rural Youth Project coincides with the 2018 Year of Young People and will combine an online survey, year-long in-depth video logs (vlogs) of 15-20 rural young people and a Rural Youth Ideas Festival.

The target countries for the research are: England, Scotland, Wales and, internationally, Austria, Australia and the USA.

Collaborative

The initiative is a social enterprise venture and is the brainchild of Jane Craigie and Rebecca Dawes. The Rural Youth Project has the support of partners interested and engaged in the rural youth ‘space’, they are LANTRA Scotland, the Scottish Association of Young Farmers (SAYFC), Scottish Enterprise, Scottish Rural Action, Scottish Rural Network and YouthLink Scotland, and will be managed by Jane Craigie Marketing.

Inspired by their participation in leadership initiatives, including the Scottish Enterprise Rural Leadership Programme and the Windsor Leadership Programme, Jane and Rebecca aim to identify and engage young rural leaders to help them drive positive change within their local rural communities.

“Rural young people are fundamental to the vibrancy, energy and economic outlook of rural places,” explains Jane Craigie. “We wanted to better understand what young people perceive their challenges and opportunities to be, as well as gaining a better understanding of their degree of optimism for the future.”

Important to understand the needs of rural young people

Rebecca Dawes, with her background in the SAYFC, added that there is a real lack of insight into this important group within our rural communities, hence the decision to run this project.

She said: “the research to date amongst rural young people, both nationally and internationally, has been fragmented, but what we do know is that rural areas have a lower percentage of 16-34 year-olds and evidence suggests that migration of young people away from rural areas hinges on education, employment opportunities, housing and public transport availability – some of the many research areas that we are surveying.

“With so much emphasis on youth this year, we want to make sure that rural young people have a voice that will be heard, what better way is there to share their outlook?”

The project, which will be repeated annually, aims to research a wide range of rural young people including those working in education, farming, retail and hospitality, as well as those who are in full time education, or unemployed.

“The project, which will be repeated in 2019-22, has the bold ambition to better inform society and policy-makers about the vibrant talent that is held amongst our rural youth, and to compare our findings with those from other countries around the world.

James Rose explained why the Scottish Rural Network are supporting the project “The future of rural Scotland is in the hands of its young people. In 2018, the Year of Young People, The Scottish Rural Network (SRN) is supporting the Rural Youth Project to gain a vital insight into what matters to young people in rural areas and bring together the people who will define our rural communities in the years to come.”

Penny Montgomerie from SAYFC added “Young people need to have the confidence to drive policy and influence decision makers on matters that impact them rather than relying on older generations to make presumptions on their needs.”

Jane Craigie Marketing will use their wide-reaching networks within the international agricultural and rural leadership community and the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists to publicise the project and its outcomes.

The survey will open on 26 January and close on 30 April 2018. The incentive for completing the survey is a pair of tickets to the TRANSMT Festival in Glasgow on 8 July or a pair of tickets for ButeFest 2018.

The 2018 Project will culminate in a three-day Rural Youth Ideas Festival, run by Jane Craigie Marketing on 20-22 July in rural Scotland and an action plan developed by the Project partners.

The survey can be reached via the Project website www.ruralyouthproject.com

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@GURRMS 2018 Conference: Skye, 23-25 March

Tickets for the 2018 GURRMS (Glasgow University Remote & Rural Medicine Society) are set to go on sale for students tomorrow evening.  Following on from the highly successful GURRMS 2017 conference that was held on Islay last year, GURRMS 2018 is set to take place in Portree on the Isle of Skye, at the Aros Centre from 23-25 March, and another action-packed and stimulating programme is taking shape.

James whilst on an Isle of Arran Medical elective.

I caught up with the chair of GURRMS, James McHugh, this afternoon to find out more about how plans are coming together.  Once again a full range of speakers has been organised, and the committee are busy sorting out finances and logistics to ensure that this year’s event runs smoothly.  Kudos to them given that these guys are also coming up to their final exams, with the stresses and time involved with that.

Full details will be announced over the next while on the GURRMS Facebook page, and tickets are due to become available in the next day or so.  Last year’s event sold out within hours and so be sure to keep an eye out for the tickets being launched.

GURRMS 2018 is receiving financial support from RGPAS (the Rural GP Association of Scotland) along with a number of other funding streams, and RGPAS has been keen to support and encourage student activities like this, so we’re delighted to see plans take shape so promisingly.

We wish the best of luck to GURRMS in running their second conference, and we’re looking forward to meeting students who are keen to find out more about rural practice – see you in Skye!

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