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THE Scottish Rural Medicine Collaborative (SRMC) has been set up with Scottish Government funding to look at ways of improving the recruitment and retention of remote and rural general practice in Scotland.

The SRMC works across 10 health board areas – Grampian, Highland, Orkney, Shetland, Western Isles, Dumfries & Galloway, Ayrshire & Arran, Fife, Tayside and Borders, all of whom are represented on the programme board, as are NHS Education for Scotland, RCGP Scotland, and the Rural GP Association Scotland. It is also working with the INTERREG:making it work (MiW) programme.

Six closely linked rural GP projects with distinct objectives have been set out for the two-year programme.

These are:

  • Recruitment strategy/good practice guidelines. This is aimed at improving the consistency and effectiveness of recruitment.
  • Recruitment yearly wheel. This will identify and help promote appropriate recruitment events.
  • Marketing resources. This will explore look at developing a rural GP recruitment website.
  • Community of practice. This will provide an online forum to share knowledge and experience.
  • Recruitment and retention toolkit. This will consider how po- tential or new employees in remote and rural general practice can have a structured approach to activities and plans to integrate them into their communities. It will cover community recruitment, community integration and employers’ recruitment support.
  • Recruitment support. This will look at ways of providing specific sup- port for employers of rural GPs.

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Update from the Scottish Rural Medicine Collaborative

The Scottish Rural Medicine Collaborative (SRMC) is a programme funded by the Scottish Government’s GP Recruitment and Retention Fund. The programme – chaired by Ralph Roberts (Chief Executive of NHS Shetland) – is about developing ways to improve the recruitment and retention of GPs working in a rural setting across ten Health Board areas in Scotland – Grampian, Highland, Orkney, Shetland, Western Isles, Dumfries & Galloway, Ayrshire & Arran, Fife, Tayside and Borders. Also involved are NES, NHS HR Directors, RCGP Scotland and Rural GP Association. They are now looking for assistance from the rural health community in Scotland……

The SRMC Programme Board have agreed that the programme will work in the six project areas outlined above and are looking for the following people to support this work:

  • A Programme Clinical Lead which will be funded 2 PAs (0.2 WTE) per week towards backfill for the post holder and will work across the whole Programme.
  • Project Leads for Project 2* (Rural GP Recruitment Yearly Wheel), Project 3* (Rural GP Marketing Resources) and Project 6* (Rural GP Recruitment Support). More details about these individual projects are available in Appendix 1 in the linked document below. They would be particularly interested to hear from HR Managers or Practice Managers.
  • Project Team Members for all projects. They would be particularly interested to hear from HR Managers or Practice Managers.

Please note your interest by Monday 22nd May 2017.

To find out more about these opportunities please contact either:

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