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RGPAS Launches Scholarships – for students and GPs

2015logopngThe Rural GP Association of Scotland (RGPAS) is pleased to launch a number of scholarships, and is inviting applications now.  Funded by the RGPAS Educational Trust, it was decided at the RGPAS AGM in November 2015 to setup a scholarship scheme to

  1. Encourage and enable Scottish students to experience a Rural GP elective in Scotland, and
  2. To support members of RGPAS (GPs and ST Trainees) to attend international conferences, in a bid to promote international collaboration, awareness of Scottish innovations in rural general practice, and to experience the benefits of seeing innovation from across the world.

Student (Undergraduate) Scholarships

In 2016 there will be five scholarships available, each to a value of £200.

  • This can be used to fund accommodation, travel or other associated costs. Receipts may be requested at the committee’s discretion.
  • The student must be doing their elective at a Scottish rural practice where at least one GP is a member of RGPAS. The student must be at least 20 miles away from their home address.
  • Electives may take place at any time of the year, and be for a minimum of 4 weeks.
  • The student must be an undergraduate medical student from a Scottish university.
  • The student should submit either a 500 word report or a video (of 3 minutes or more) about their experience within 2 months of the end of the elective. They may be asked to present at the next RGPAS conference too, if they are able.
  • Details of successfully awarded scholarships will be made available to RGPAS members, and also via the RuralGP.scot and RuralGP.com websites.

Travel Scholarships

In 2016 there will be four travel scholarships available. Nominally each of these will be worth £500, however some flexibility may be applied to support applications which require more or less than this amount.

  • The applicant will be a member of RGPAS for at least 3 months prior to application. They will be a GP or a GP Trainee (at any stage of ST training) currently practising in Scotland.
  • RGPAS Committee members are eligible to apply.
  • The recipient should attend a conference in a country other than the UK. There will be a preference for activities that foster new relations with other country/world organisations such as WONCA or rural GP associations.
  • The money may be used for travel, accommodation or locum costs associated with attending a conference, event or experience in rural practice
  • The recipient should submit either a 500 word report or video (of 3 minutes or more) about their experience within 2 months of the end of the travel period. They may be asked to present at the next RGPAS conference too, if they are able.
  • Details of successfully awarded scholarships will be made available to RGPAS members, and also via the RuralGP.scot and RuralGP.com websites.

How to Apply

  • Please read the application pack – available from the link button below – and submit it as instructed.
  • Closing date: 30th March 2016. If any scholarships remain, they will be readvertised with a closing date of 14th June 2016 (TBC).
  • The RGPAS committee will meet virtually, to discuss and judge the applications. Their decision will be final. They may decide not to award all available scholarships.

RGPAS is keen to ensure that this investment in future GPs as well as the development of its existing members, will help to generate innovation, collaboration and inspiration across Scottish rural general practice.  We look forward to receiving applications!

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RGPAS Conference Student Scholarships 2015

Update 18/10/15: Thanks for all students who have applied for scholarships. We still have a few *non-accommodated* scholarships remaining, so if you can find your own place to stay, please complete the form below and we’ll get back to you.

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Craigmonie Hotel, Inverness

Craigmonie Hotel, Inverness

Things are heating up for this year’s RGPAS 2015 conference, to be held in Inverness from Thursday 5th November.  A full programme is planned, spanning a range of topics relevant to rural general practice.

We are pleased to announce that following the run away success last year, we will once again be offering RGPAS Conference Student Scholarships – to enable Scottish medical students to attend with expenses paid.  In addition we have subsidised the cost of student registration fees, to make it more possible for students who have an interest in rural practice, to attend.

What’s on offer?

  • 8 free student places, including Thursday night’s accommodation at the Craigmonie Hotel (or nearby alternative accommodation if necessary)
  • 8 free students places (not including accommodation)
  • a reduced rate for all other students who wish to attend – £25 conference fee (reduced from £120) for the full programme

The cost of this is being funded from the RGPAS Educational Fund.  Income for this fund includes the proceeds of the donations made for advertising on RuralGP.com.

Who’s eligible to apply?

You must be an undergraduate medical student at a Scottish university (intercalated, international and mature students also welcome to apply).  We are keen to hear from any students who have an interest in general or rural practice.

How do I apply?

Simples… complete the form below – closing date Wednesday 14th October 2015.  We’ll get back to you a few days after the closing date, either to confirm you’ve been successful with a scholarship, or to offer you a discounted rate to attend the conference.

Present your vision

We will be featuring a special session on the Friday afternoon of the conference, aimed to bring together students’ and trainees’ “2020” visions of rural practice.  For this, you will be expected to present a short powerpoint presentation – of 20 slides each advancing after 20 seconds.  This format is often called ‘Pecha Kucha’ and there is a wealth of advice and tips on the internet about how to make a good Pecha Kucha presentation.

The format will allow us to feature a number of short, snappy presentations of just over 6 minutes, and give students and trainees a podium to share their views on the future of rural practice.  Slides can be text, but the more photos the better!  We will let you know if your ideas have been selected for presentation very soon after the deadline, and you can download a template powerpoint file here.

Application Form

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Rural GPs Scotland (RGPAS) Conference 2015 – Programme now available

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The annual RGPAS (Rural GP’s Association of Scotland) conference will be held on Thursday 5th to Saturday 7th November 2015.  As with tradition, it will once again be held at the Craigmonie Hotel in Inverness.

The programme includes a keynote speech from Dr John Wynn-Jones, Chair of the WONCA Working Party on Rural Practice.  He will speak about “Expanding Rural Horizons – What Benefits of International Collaboration?”.

Other speakers on Thursday (registration at 0930h) include:

  • Dr Penny Lockwood, with exciting plans to offer an intercalated degree in Rural Health at Dundee University
  • Dr Kim Miller from Aberdeen University will provide an update about undergraduate training
  • Dr David Cunningham from NES will speak about “Rural CPD and NES – What Can We Offer You?”
  • Dr Andrew Buist will provide an update from the BMA about the proposed 2017 Scottish GP Contract
  • Dr David Binnie, GP from Colonsay will present an audit on Emergency Activity on the island
  • Dr Helen Robinson will speak about the ‘Singlehanded’ Project
  • Dr Chris Williams will inspire, inform and enthuse us all to realise the benefits of social media!

… followed by an informal dinner at Sam’s Indian Cuisine.

Friday’s line up (starting at 0900h) includes:

  • Mr Steven Ross from Raigmore Hospital, with a pragmatic update on ENT presentations
  • Dr Hamish Greig will discuss the opportunities and considerations of using ultrasound in rural general practice
  • Andy Newiss of Clements Accountants will discuss maintaining profitability and viability in rural practice
  • Dr Drew Inglis of the EMRS Team will tell us about the latest efforts to improve connectivity in rural Scotland

After lunch, Dr David Hogg will lead a session aimed at students and trainees – but open to all – on ‘Rural Practice and Me’.  Watch this space!  This will be followed by the RGPAS AGM – again open to all, and which often involves lively and informative debate.

… a conference dinner will then be held in the hotel.

On Saturday we are welcoming a visit from the EMRS squad, who will provide a number of practical work stations to brush up on emergency care skills.

For details about our student scholarships, please see this page.
Please note that the conference delegate fee for all students, FYs, Trainees and Rural Fellows is £25 – reduced from £120!

For booking form and programme, see the links below.  Hope to see you there!

Programme 2015  Booking Form

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Advertise for low cost on RuralGP.com

vacancyRuralGP.com can help with publicising your vacancy.  Until recently we provided this service for free to anyone who wrote in.  However, to reflect the ongoing funding that is provided by RGPAS to cover server costs, we have decided to make this a membership benefit to RGPAS members.

However, if you wish to advertise, and are not in a position to join RGPAS we now have a very inexpensive means by which advertising can remain available to them.  In return for a single donation of £60 (other options exist for multiple adverts),  a single advert can be posted online.  We will use this as a means to generate an income stream to the RGPAS Educational Fund in order that we can offer scholarships to medical students – to attend the RGPAS conferences and perhaps electives too.

RuralGP.com remains a voluntary enterprise, and no individual gains any financial benefit from this new advertising structure.  However, we hope that this will allow RGPAS to support medical students more effectively, and encourage more rural GPs in Scotland to become members of RGPAS – only £20 per year and with more benefits alongside RuralGP.com advertising!

You can find out more here.

 

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RGPAS – Conference 5th – 7th November 2015

newlogosquaretextThe Rural GP Association of Scotland (formerly RPAS) will be holding their annual conference on 5th – 7th November 2015, once again at the Craigmonie Hotel in Inverness.

Details about the programme will be issued soon.  One to put in the diary!  Following the successful introduction last year of offering a number of medical student scholarships, we will be doing the same again this year.

Watch this space… meantime, take a look at the new RGPAS website and Facebook pages.  And you can follow the RGPAS Twitter account @RuralGPScot.

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RPAS rebranded: RGPAS for Rural GPs across Scotland

Since 2004 the Remote Practitioners’ Association has represented remote and rural GPs across Scotland.  Prior to that it existed for over 30 years as the Inducement Practitioners’ Association.

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However at its 2014 AGM, held during the RPAS annual conference in November, it was decided (with subsequent consensus from its membership) to change to the Rural GPs’ Association of Scotland.  Why?  Well as with its previous name changes, it is important to evolve to reflect the ever changing situation of rural practice in Scotland.  With increased political interest, and galvanised efforts to highlight the challenges and opportunities within rural practice, we have seen increasingly consistent reference made to ‘rural GPs’.

What’s changed?

The core elements remain the same.  Its current members will likely notice little immediate change.  However, we hope to improve engagement and membership benefits for younger rural GPs, as well as a more active involvement of trainees and students who see their future in rural practice.

The definition of rurality and remoteness remain interesting academic points.  However, the core feature of rural practice is being able to deliver an extended range of generalist medical services, in areas which are further away from secondary care.  Over the next few months, we intend to highlight a number of important issues including access to undergraduate rural placements, sharing good clinical practice, and improving the profile of rural practice including on social media.

RuralGP.com will continue to feature articles and news from RGPAS, but there is now a dedicated microsite including details of latest activity, and how to join.  Find it here, at:

www.RuralGP.scot

 

 

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RPAS Conference Student Scholarships 2014

Craigmonie Hotel, Inverness

Craigmonie Hotel, Inverness

Things are heating up for this year’s RPAS 2014 conference, to be held in Inverness from Thursday 6th November.  A full programme is planned, spanning a range of topics relevant to rural general practice.

We are pleased to announce the introduction of RPAS Conference Student Scholarships – to enable up to seven medical students to attend with expenses paid.  In addition we have subsidised the cost of student registration fees, to make it more possible for students who have an interest in rural practice, to attend.

What’s on offer?

  • 4 free student places, including Thursday night’s accommodation at the Craigmonie Hotel
  • 3 free students places (not including accommodation)
  • a reduced rate for all other students who wish to attend – £25 conference fee (reduced from £100) for the full programme

Who’s eligible to apply?

You must be an undergraduate medical student at a Scottish university (intercalated, international and mature students also welcome to apply).  We are keen to hear from any students who have an interest in general or rural practice.

How do I apply?

Simples… complete the form below – closing date Friday 10th October 2014.  Please specify whether you require accommodation on the Thursday.  We’ll get back to you a few days after the closing date, either to confirm you’ve been successful with a scholarship, or to offer you a discounted rate to attend the conference.

Closing date now passed.  Thanks for all entries, we’ve been in touch with all successful applicants.  If you wish to attend the conference at a reduced student rate of £25 (for Thursday & Friday) please see this page.

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GP Update – one day update for GPs, Registrars & Practice Nurses

team 13 cu wRed Whale runs a number of courses across the country, including their flagship ‘GP Update’.  Each year they try to coincide the timing of their Inverness course with the RPAS Conference, which this year runs on 6th-8th November 2014: GP Update will run on the day (Wednesday) before, so that if you’re booking travel and locums, hopefully this makes the course slightly more accessible.

Provided by the Red Whale team (new name, same team, same format – for the GP Update team), they aim to bring all the relevant and useful updates for GPs to one day – and with plenty of entertainment thrown in too!

A range of supporting elements are made available to course participants too: including the GP Update handbook, an online handbook, CPD recording area on the GP Update website, and a range of suggested focussed learning activities.

RPAS enjoys a friendly link with the GP Update Course providers (not financial) and hopes that the teamwork in coinciding the dates of their conference with the course, is helpful to rural & remote GPs across Scotland.

For more details, you can visit the GP update course website or watch the video below.

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RPAS Conference 2014 – Programme now available

Craigmonie Hotel, Inverness

Craigmonie Hotel, Inverness

The annual RPAS (Remote Practitioners’ Association of Scotland) conference will be held on Thursday 6th to Saturday 8th November 2014.  As with tradition, it will once again be held at the Craigmonie Hotel in Inverness.

The programme includes a keynote speech from Mr Alex Neil MSP, and Scottish Cabinet Secretary for Health & Wellbeing, on the Thursday afternoon at 2pm.

Also speaking are Mr Quentin Cox on orthopaedic injuries in rural practice, and an update from the Scottish Ambulance Service by Dr James Ward, SAS Medical Director.  There will be an intriguing talk from Dr Martin Wilson on ‘Square Pegs and Round Holes’ and a Drama Triangle workshop by Dr Andrew Tressider, who will come all the way up from Somerset.

In line with previous years, RPAS has managed to coincide the conference to fit with the GP Update course, which takes place on Wednesday 5th November.  We’ve featured what GP Update can offer in a separate post – you can also take a look at their website where you can find out more info about rates and course content.

For booking form and programme, see the links below.  Hope to see you there!

Conference Programme    Booking Form

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RPAS Conference – Date for the Diary!

Craigmonie Hotel, Inverness

Craigmonie Hotel, Inverness

The annual RPAS (Remote Practitioners’ Association of Scotland) conference will this year be held on Thursday 6th to Saturday 8th November 2014.  As with tradition, it will once again be held at the Craigmonie Hotel in Inverness.

A full programme is being worked on at present by Stuart Cairns and Catherine Todd.  Full details will be provided here in the next few weeks.

In line with previous years, RPAS has managed to coincide the conference to fit with the GP Update course, which takes place on Wednesday 5th November, also in November.  We’ll feature what GP Update can offer in a future post, but meantime take a look at their website where you can find out more info about rates and course content.

 

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