I’ve also added a new RSS bar on the left – this now links directly with the current contents of the European issue of R&RH.
The RCGP have just released their Guide to the Revalidation of General Practitioners. It’s a must-read given that the GMC plans to phase in its strategy for relicensing and revalidation in 2009. Whilst the document itself doesn’t specifically address issues of revalidation in rural/remote practice, there is work going on – including within the RCGP Rural Forum – to represent these concerns at national level.
We’ll report on the key updates, including any opportunities to get involved with the Rural Forum’s work on this. Meantime, the NHS Revalidation Support Team is worth looking at. If you’re keen to contribute to the process, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can put you in touch with the relevant people.
The CRC is an English government body set up to represent rural issues in national policy decisions. In February they published “Rural Reference Bulletin No 2” (pdf) on the challenges of providing health care in rural areas.
Back in June 2008, they’ve also produced the following video “The Rural Advocate – Our NHS, Our Future: A rural response” – to demonstrate how rural health care is being considered in the context of the Darzi reforms. It’s quite a pixelated recording, but worth watching anyway.
The Welsh Assembly have released details about their Rural Health Plan. The draft plan will be released in Spring this year, meantime their news release has some links to some important documents that are helping to inform the debate.