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PhD in Rural Health

The Welsh Government has recently been developing a Rural Health Plan and is in the process of starting the process of implementation. In parallel to this the University of Wales has established a Scholar programme – one of these Scholars will have a responsibility for Rural Health and will be based with the Institute of Rural Health and the University of Swansea.

The Scholar will have a research role and will be involved with the evaluation of a number of the rural health projects established by the plan. Instead of the Rural Scholar being answerable to a commercial company (as stated in the advert), he/she will be answerable to to the Rural Health Plan Implementation Board and the University.

The Scholar will receive a bursary and expenses. He/she will be expected to write up their PhD at the end of the three years.

For details, see the advert.  Note that whilst the closing date for expressions of interest was in June, it may still be possible to apply – contact the office for more information.

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Study: Rural Placements for UK Medical Students

It’s increasingly recognised that rural practice can offer undergraduate medical students excellent learning opportunities, with higher-than-average satisfaction compared with their urban counterparts.  There can be many reasons for this, not least that students are often forced into immersing themselves in the local community, as a rural placement will normally involve staying within the locality, instead of being able to return home from an urban practice which is normally easier to commute to.

Furthermore, there is good evidence that giving students a good experience of rural practice during the early stages of their careers, stimulates a considerable number of them to seriously consider taking up rural posts once more qualified.  That’s certainly the case in my experience, when a fulfilling 5 week placement at the Group Practice in Stornoway made me think more about rural general practice as a career option.

However, how rural practice is offered to undergraduates, is implemented in many different ways across the UK.  Of course, that is no bad thing, but we are starting to better understand the relationship between early student experiences and later career choice.

This piece of research from the IRH considers the rural practice opportunities for students at Keele University, and reports on some of the key findings from conversations with students who have benefitted from such placements.

>> Rural and Remote Health Journal – View Article.

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Annual Rural Doctors’ Conference: Autumn 2009

irhlogoThis year’s Rural Health Week – including the Rural Doctors’ Conference – which aims to raise the profile of rural health issues locally, regionally and nationally, will be held from September 27 to October 3.

The theme chosen by the Institute of Rural Health (IRH), which organises the week, is ‘Reaching Out: Enabling access to services for the vulnerable and hard to reach in rural areas’.

“The theme builds on work that we have done on rural stress and rural support and recent rural health research,” said Jane Randall-Smith, IRH chief executive. “It’s about creating different ways to make services more accessible for people who are often at risk of missing out.

“The theme is intended to be all encompassing and we hope everyone with an interest in rural health and wellbeing will get involved. We are looking for examples of innovation across the UK that address these needs.”

The week is designed to bring together people at all levels, from individuals and voluntary organisations to health professionals and local government workers, to celebrate the successes as well as to raise awareness of the challenges involved in delivering health and care services to dispersed rural communities.

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IRH Rural Health Week

The Institute of Rural Health are supporting the next Rural Health Week in Wales. A Rural Doctors Conference will be held as part of the programme. At the time of writing information was only available for 2008 – however the 2009 programme should be available soon.

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