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Invitational Forum in Rural Health 2010

14 – 15th May 2010, Majorca

The European Rural and Isolated Practitioners Association, EURIPA, is hosting a European Invitational Forum in Rural Health, which will bring important rural stakeholders together from across Europe in order to share ideas and good practice and develop a pan-European Rural Health Strategy for the 21st century. Continue Reading →

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Wellcome Trust: Rural medicine witness seminar

Please note this event has been cancelled.

News just in of a Wellcome Trust event to be held on January 29th 2010 in London…

“Remote and Rural Medicine (RARM) began to emerge as a medical specialty and as a political force in the final decades of the twentieth century.  The problems of delivering primary and secondary care to remote and rural areas have engaged practitioners and medical educators around the world, in developing, re-structuring and developed countries.

This witness seminar, with participants principally, but not exclusively, from the UK and Ireland, will examine, inter alia, some of the historical issues associated with the development of ‘rural medicine’ as a distinct specialty; the provision and maintenance of resources and services nationally and internationally; and how the specialised educational needs of medical students destined for rural practice have been identified and addressed. The meeting will also discuss the evolution and scope of initiatives referred to as ‘Rural and remote’, ‘Community oriented’, ‘Community based’ and ‘Community engaged’ and the concept of ‘Social accountability’ in medical and health professional education.

Professor Roger Strasser, Northern Ontario School of Medicine, is assisting us with the organisation.

Space is limited, so to register please contact Mrs Wendy Kutner. Tel: 020-7679-8106; Fax: 020-7679-8194; E-mail:

Please note that all meetings are from 2pm to 6pm and will be held on the 6th floor at the Wellcome Trust, Gibbs Building, 215 Euston Road, London NW1.

All earlier published Wellcome Witness Seminar transcripts are freely available online at following the links to Publications.”

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4 days until the RCGP Conference

conference_banner_234x60In just 4 days time, Glasgow will host the RCGP Annual Conference at the SECC.  Some of the conference events have already been highlighted on RuralGP, and this year looks set to be one of the biggest conferences yet.

As well as an extensive programme for trainees, the conference will see the official launch of the RCGP Rural Forum.  Members of the college should already have received information on how to join, and already many members have signed up.

skillunit3The key session to look out for is B8 during Thursday afternoon, where members of the Forum will be speaking about some of the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.  There are other rurally-relevant sessions too, plus the Scottish Clinical Skills Unit – an amazing facility within an articulated lorry – will be in attendance.

We hope to see you there!

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Report from Gregynog 2009 Rural Doctors’ Conference

gregynogDr Malcolm Ward, Chair of the RCGP Rural Forum, has just returned from the Annual Rural Doctors’ Conference in Gregynog, Wales.  He sends this report…

Thanks to Montgomeryshire Medical Society and the Institute of Rural Health, Gregynog Hall has been host to the Annual Rural Doctors’ conference since 1990. It was the first time I have attended having been invited to speak on behalf of the new RCGP Rural Forum. I gave a presentation on Revalidation and a brief update on dispensing, all the more brief because I over ran on Revalidation! The most important message to Welsh dispensing doctors was, and is to ensure they get their dispensing premises registered as required by the new Welsh NHS pharmaceutical regulations which were laid before the Assembly 17.7.09.

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BASICS Scotland Conference

basicsscotland‘Tis the season to be advertising conferences!  Next up is BASICS Scotland, who’ve planned for a great conference on Saturday 12th September.

This year the event will take place at the Erskine Bridge Hotel (near Glasgow) and the programme asks the question “Can the Emergency Services Cope on Their Own?”.  Speakers include Pauline Howie, Acting Chief Executive of the Scottish Ambulance Service, and Johnny Morrison, a Military Surgical Registrar who will give an account of his time in Afghanistan.

Information on how to register is available from the BASICS Scotland Website.

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RCGP Annual Conference: 16 days to get the Early Bird Rate

conference_banner_234x60Another reminder that the Early Bird rate for the RCGP Annual Conference is available up until July 27th.

The event, happening in the SECC in Glasgow on 5-7 November, is offering a comprehensive programme over the Thursday-Saturday… spanning topics including revalidation, GP training, innovation in practice… and loads more.

You can view the full programme at

Rural events to look out for:

A5 (Innovation Stream): Telemedicine – advanced front line patient care

B8 (Rural Stream): The future of rural practice: local, national and international perspectives

D6 (Education Stream): Addressing health inequalities by raising the standard of GP specialist training

Mobile Skills Unit (see here).

Associates in Training have a dedicated stream of events intertwined with the main programme.

We hope to see you there.

The future of rural practice: local, national and international
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Rural Doctors’ Conference: Gregynog 2009

Rural Doctors' Conference

This year’s Annual Rural Doctors’ Conference, with the Montgomeryshire Medical Society and the Institute of Rural Health, will be held on 30th September to 2nd October.

The location is Newtown, in Powys, Wales (see Google Maps).  It promises to be a stimulating event, and set in the Gregynog Estate there is likely to be much inspiration for debate and ideas.  The programme spans a range of specialties, and topics such as revalidation and the RCGP Rural Forum feature too.  Content is aimed at GPs, Practice Nurses and Managers.

For more details – have a look at the PDF flyer here. Look out for the benefits of introducing a friend/colleague!  Reduced rates are available for trainees.

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