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The Clipperton Project – go on an Adventure!

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EXPEDITION OPPORTUNITIES: Are you a GP who might wish to join a river expedition or an ocean journey in 2015/16? Mexico, Peruvian Amazon, Antarctica, Faroes, Tristan da Cunha & others.

No expeditionary experience needed, but a perpetual positive attitude and a willingness to learn & share knowledge is a must. We work with UK GP’s in rural environments worldwide, with doctors providing support for our expeditionary teams in addition to consulting families and individuals in need in remote areas.

The Clipperton Project journeys are challenging, essential and fabulously rewarding.

Mark Aquilina – General Practitioner, Shetland

Interested parties are encouraged to write to for more information or visit their fantastic website at

The Clipperton Project is pure, undiluted inspiration.

International Institute of Renewable Resources



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BASICS Scotland videos now available

BASICSlogoIn an exciting move for the organisation, BASICS Scotland have released the first batch of online video-tutorials, to cover a wide range of pre-hospital care training.

A significant amount of time and investment has been made into these videos, which can be accessed by any members of BASICS Scotland at no additional charge.

Currently, the following topics are available:

  • Airway – Cricothyroidotomy
  • ALS – Shockable
  • Chest Assessment
  • 2 Person Helmet Removal
  • 2 Person Log Roll
  • Introduction to the Sandpiper Bag
  • Full Patient Assessment (stable patient)
  • Airwave Refresher
  • IO Vascular Access

And further videos are due to follow on topics such as C-spine collar fitting, scoop stretchers/vacuum mattress use, and Sam sling application.

They do not seek to replace the ever-popular residential courses, but will be a welcome source of teaching material for responders around the time of the courses, or for refresher training afterwards.

For more information, visit the BASICS Scotland website.  You can find out more about BASICS Scotland membership by visiting the ‘Members’ tab.

See a sample video below… Graeme Ramage introducing the ever-popular Sandpiper Bag, which is issued to all BASICS Scotland responders…



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EMRS Clinical Governance – have you tried joining in?

For several years now, the Emergency Medical Retrieval Service (EMRS) in Scotland have been opening up their clinical governance meetings to rural GPs and practitioners.  On a quarterly basis, these meetings are held near their base in Glasgow, and feature a review of their activity, along with two case presentations and a topic presentation – such as a particular condition or a recent audit.

Most rural GPs across the west and north of Scotland are very familiar with the services that EMRS offers.  They have maintained their original aim – to bring consultant-led critical care to remote and rural areas of Scotland and bring critically ill patients back to ITU facilities. However they also offer a HEMS-style prehospital care response, both to rural/remote regions and more locally around Glasgow.  They expect a good proportion of their calls to be telephone advice – and this makes them more approachable for advice, that may then turn into an actual retrieval.

The team is held in high regard, and have bolstered the acute care available to rural communities.  It’s therefore a good opportunity to link in with the team and learn about what other centres are doing – as well as catch up on latest practice and hear quality case-discussions that are relevant to rural practice throughout Scotland.

emrs minilogoTo link in, you need an ISDN teleconference facility.  The meetings are held on different days throughout the year, from 1.30pm to 3.00pm.  ‘Audience participation’ from remote sites is strongly encouraged, and it makes for some highly relevant CPD points too.

To find out more, visit the EMRS website or contact Anne Cadman (EMRS Administrator) at  They’re a friendly bunch and keen to include more rural practitioners.




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Feature Link: Rural Services Network

This website offers a clean, well-organised resource for rural issues in England.

“The Rural Services Network is a membership organisation devoted to safeguarding and improving services in rural communities across England.

Already 250 organisations across the complete range of rural services are in membership, including local authorities, public bodies, businesses, charities and voluntary groups across the spectrum of rural service provision.”

We’re pleased that they’re featuring the latest RuralGP post from their front page!

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Feature Article: Challenges & Rewards of Rural Practice

An up-to-date look at the challenges (and better sides) of rural practice, published two weeks ago in the Journal of Rural & Remote Health.   In particular, they find that the biggest challenges lie with “soft issues” such as privacy and defining the boundaries of professional practice.

Miedema B, Hamilton R, Fortin P, Easley J, Tatemichi S.  The challenges and rewards of rural family practice in New Brunswick, Canada: lessons for retentionRural and Remote Health 9 (online), 2009: 1141

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