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Students present Bright Ideas for Rural Practice

This year, the Rural GP Association of Scotland has once again run its student conference scholarship programme.  This is a significant investment for RGPAS, which uses money raised into its Educational Trust fund to support these scholarships.  The scholarships offer heavily-subsidised tickets to enable undergraduate students in the UK to attend and participate in the annual RGPAS conference.

To apply, students were asked to submit a 60 second sound or video clip explaining their Bright Idea for Rural Practice.  We are delighted to feature the winning entries below.

A number of these will be selected for PechaKucha-style presentation at our conference in November.  You can read more about the scholarships here, and also a great write-up of last year’s conference by one of the scholarship holders then, Catherine Lawrence from Hull & York Medical School.

There is still time to sign up to the conference, which takes place from 2-4 November 2017 in Inverness.  £130 for GPs or £65 for trainees gets you two-and-a-half days of quality CPD, along with a conference dinner (and wine).  It’s a great way to catch up with like-minded colleagues, and hear updates on clinical and non-clinical topics that are relevant to rural practice in Scotland.

Well done to all our scholarship winners.  We look forward to meeting you in Inverness!

Rohan Bald (Glasgow): Tackling Loneliness

Emma Bean (Glasgow 5th Year): Drones

Josephine Bellhouse (Glasgow): Improving Use of Communication Technology

Katherine Cox (Glasgow 4th Year): Developing Videoconferencing Peer Support

David Gibson (Glasgow): Awareness of Rural Medicine as a Career

Haiyang Hu (Glasgow): Access to Mental Health Services

Saskia Loysen (Glasgow): Increasing the use of Telemedicine (and pyjama bottoms)

Eloise Miller (Glasgow): Develop Rural Medicine Intercalated Degrees

Danielle Parsons (Aberdeen 4th Year): a Rural Medical School for Scotland

Gregor Stark (Glasgow 5th Year): Rural Research Consortium

Rosslyn Waite (Dundee): Improving Connectivity

Hannah Webb (Glasgow 2nd Year): Access to Sexual Health Services

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RRH Guide to Getting your work Published

One of the sessions at #ruralwonca was delivered by some of the team at the Journal for Remote & Rural Health.  I was really sorry to miss it, due to presenting in another session, but my tweeted request to make the advice available online was answered quickly and the presentation is now available – see below.

The journal team are keen to encourage and motivate rural healthcare professionals to share their research, and seem genuinely interested in helping budding writers to put pen-to-paper or finger-to-keyboard.

There is a lot of great innovation and problem-solving going on in rural practice.  Rural healthcare professionals tend to know their communities well, are used to dealing with limited resources, and some of the best examples of teamwork are to be found in rural settings.  However ‘being academic does not come easy to everyone, and the process of writing up evaluation and research can sometimes feel tedious and time-consuming.

However, it is now easier than ever to find interested journals, and there seems to be a drive to make the steps to getting work published more accessible.

Watch the presentation below for the RRH team’s top tips on getting your research out to a wider audience.  You can find the guidelines for authors available here.

Also, on the theme of research, here’s a great project that aims to enable rural doctors to develop their research activity through pragmatic and direct support.  Delivered by the Faculty of Medicine at Memorial University in Newfoundland, it’s called the ‘6 for 6’ programme.  Click here for more details or watch the video below.

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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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Making sure your medical student has a good time

LGlasgow University has recently created an online forum for its medical student tutors.  This week a great resource was highlighted, which is relevant to all (including the wider practice team) involved in medical student teaching.

The presentation is called ‘There’s a student coming next week…” – which accurately reflects the feeling that I think most of us have – we want to do the best for our students, and yet with everything else going on, the imminent arrival of our next student can catch us with a bit of surprise!

I have reproduced the presentation below, with the kind permission of its author Prof Cathy Jackson.  She is happy for it to be shared wider, particularly if it encourages more practices to take part in medical student teaching and provide a great experience for them.

Download the presentation here (PDF 366KB)


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RPAS Conference 2013 – a great meeting

This year's conference included BASICS Scotland workshops.

This year’s conference included BASICS Scotland workshops.

The RPAS 2013 Conference was held successfully at the start of November.

Access to all the presentations is now available at this page.

Much thought-provoking discussion was stimulated, particularly in areas of recruitment & retention and aligning rural health care with developments in secondary care – such as in sepsis and acute coronary syndrome.

A twitter feed also resulted from the conference.  You can view this here.  We even had some real-time input from Australia, which was inspiring.

Watch out for details of RPAS 2014 – likely to be similar time next year.

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Dewar 2013: What have we learned?

Dr Annie Tindley introducing the conference

Dr Annie Tindley introducing the conference

In April this year, the Dewar 2013 conference was held in Fort William.

The day stimulated much debate and discussion, and the full conference can be viewed by webstream here.

Dr Annie Tindley, Senior Lecturer in History and member of the Dewar Group has put together the following slides which – very helpfully – sum up some of the discussion that took place.


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Recruitment & Retention – some ideas

At the recent Dewar 2013 conference, held in Fort William, the issue of recruitment and retention in rural areas was a hot topic of discussion.

One of the presentations was given by David Hogg – GP on the Isle of Arran, and Editor of this  This video has been taken from the webcast, and outlines some ideas on how to improve the current situation.

Comments welcome, either to David (by using the contact form on this website) or in the comments section below.



You can also view the videos linked from this presentation:

Arran Salaried GP Post (filled)

Arran Rural GP Fellowship (recruiting at time of post)




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Video: Dewar Group Lecture in Lochaber

Dr Miles Mack

Dr Miles Mack

Dr Miles Mack, a member of the Dewar Centenary Group and GP in Dingwall, gave a lecture to the Lochaber Local History Society this month.  The event is one of many talks and exhibitions that have taken place across Scotland, over the last year.

This presentation has been filmed, and you can view the whole talk below.  You may need to crank up the volume to hear the audio, however hopefully this gives a useful introduction to the story of Dewar – and why it is still so relevant to Scottish rural practice today.  The black and white photos may seem a distant past, but the problems highlighted in recruitment, retention and resource are still hot topics for rural general practice now.

The Dewar Group will shortly be announcing information about a wide-ranging conference to be held on Friday 19th April in Fort William.  Until this is available, keep the date free… we can guarantee a fascinating day involving not just medics, but others involved in providing modern health care to Scotland’s rural population.



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Rural Occupational Health

Dr Jim Douglas, GP in Fort William, has kindly given permission for to publish a presentation that he gave recently about rural occupational health. In this talk, he gives a whistle-stop tour through some of the agricultural and industrial issues that are most common throughout rural Scotland.

Following this, he introduces some concepts about diving medicine, and the physiological adaptations that should be taken into account especially if treating “dive emergencies”. welcomes any presentations that would be of interest to other rural GPs or trainees.  Assistance can be provided in publishing PowerPoint or other presentation files, along with merging these with recorded speech.  Through funding from the RCGP, a dictaphone is also available for easily recording presentations in real time… if you’re interested in this, please get in touch.

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Dot.rural aims to bring together researchers from a wide range of disciplines, in order to explore the digital challenges and opportunities for rural communities across the UK.  Based at Aberdeen University, they have focused on five channels: Accessibility & Mobilities, Healthcare, Enterprise & Culture, and Natural Resource Conservation.

They have recorded presentations and documents from their seminars and made them available as videos – worth a look.

One particular presentation from their Healthcare channel has a very direct relevance for future remote and rural medicine.  Alasdair Mort, Healthcare Research Fellow, has been working on ways of using technology to improve the prehospital emergency response, and seems to have a very pragmatic view of the challenges experienced in this field.

His presentation is available on the Dot.Rural website here (turn the volume up and fastforward a minute)… plus there is a YouTube video below with further information.


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