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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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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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RPAS Conference 2013


Details have been released about this year’s RPAS (Remote Practitioners’ Association of Scotland) annual conference, to be held in Inverness on November 7-9th 2013.

A topical programme has been carefully planned, including:

  • Training, Recruitment & Retention in Scottish Remote & Rural General Practice : Dr John Gillies, Chair RCGP Scotland
  • BASICS Scotland workstations to refresh those emergency skills
  • An RCGP-led workshop on Deprivation in Rural Practice
  • Updates on Sepsis and Cardiology from specialists: Dr Grant Franklin (Raigmore Hospital), Dr Antonia Reed (East Highland OOH), and Professor Stephen Leslie (Raigmore Hospital/University of Stirling)
  • A behind-the-scenes report of the Arran Snow Crisis by Dr David Hogg: rural GP in Arran and Medical Incident Officer during the crisis

The annual RPAS Dinner will take place on the Friday evening, followed by the AGM on the Saturday morning.

All are welcome, whether members or non-members of RPAS.  We are particularly keen to see new faces, including trainees and students.

>> Conference programme

>> Conference booking form



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Fittingly, this is the 200th post to appear on And with this comes the welcome news that interest in the site has never been so high, with groups including RPAS and the Dewar 2012 Centenary opting to have their sites hosted here too.

Updated design

It makes sense. has been attracting over 5,000 visits per month for a sustained period now.  The site has grown into a useful resource (and timeline) for rural practice over the last few years, and its development has allowed it to keep up to date with advances in web design and technology.  We recently updated the site to a new WordPress theme called ‘Canvas’ – which gets excellent reviews and which has already allowed some subtle, but important changes in function.

Just a quick word on that… if you are an Internet Explorer 6 or 7 user, you may not see the site properly… this is a universal problem with responsive design, which works better for most other web browsers, including from smartphones.  If you’re not able to see columns of information, and the site looks a bit bland – please consider upgrading as this will be affecting other sites that you view too.  Meantime, we hope that you have been able to see the benefits from other browsers that you use.

New home

At the recent AGM of the Remote Practitioners’ Association of Scotland, it was very positive to learn that RPAS wishes to support some of the background costs of maintaining connectivity – and this has allowed us to switch to our own server, hosted by the helpful folks at  You may have already noticed a great improvement in speed and reliability of the site, and that’s thanks to a commitment from RPAS to support some of the costs in this move.

Where next? remains an independent resource and welcomes any input from budding bloggers or authors.  It is very easy to set up new author accounts, allowing anyone to write and illustrate an article, and submit it for publishing on the site.  If this appeals to or interests you, please do get in touch.  For a number of years we have also hosted free advertising of jobs, and this is set to continue.

We hope to develop some other materials too.  It’s becoming ever easier to develop video and audio streams, and we hope to do that here more frequently.  With the move to a faster server, it’s even more possible to harness this sort of technology.  Edited by a practising rural GP, it should be fairly easy to suss out some of the more relevant and priority topics that would be worth covering: a lot depends on time available.  Recent efforts have been to focus on recruitment and professional isolation, by engaging with students and trainees, and utilising the RuralGPNetwork email list.

So, thanks to RPAS for committing their support for the site, and thanks to our other supports of

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RPAS Conference: 8th-10th November 2012

Mary Drijfhout of the Remote Practitioners’ Association of Scotland, has issued details of the forthcoming RPAS conference.  It will be held on 8th-10th November at the Craigmonie Hotel in Inverness.

A varied programme has been lined up, to include updates from the Emergency Medical Retrieval Team, a ‘crash course’ on rural & remote police medical work, as well presentations from the team that have been spearheading the Dewar Centenary celebrations.  The RPAS annual conference also provides a great chance for rural & remote practitioners in Scotland to meet up and share ideas and concerns for the future of rural practice.

Attendance at the whole event costs just £100 (plus accommodation), with separate fees for attending specific sessions.  Further information and forms are available below.

>> Booking Form

>> Programme

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RPAS Conference 2011

The next RPAS (Remote Practitioners Association of Scotland) conference will be held at Craigmonie Hotel, Inverness on 10th-12th November.

Full details are available from the RPAS website, including the programme and booking form.  Presentations will span from major incidents, to lyme borreliosis and the latest in diabetes care.  The event also promises a great opportunity to meet up with fellow rural & remote doctors from across Scotland and beyond.

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