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Scotland Rural Fellowships – now recruiting

NES Logo 2005These one-year GP Rural Fellowships represent an opportunity to work in Scotland to develop the generalist skills required to work in some of the most beautiful areas of our country. The fellowships, operated by NHS Education for Scotland, offer two distinct options for August 2013

  • The ‘standard’ GP Rural Fellowship option based on the curriculum for rural practice developed by the Remote and Rural Training Pathways Group (GP sub-group Final Report Sept 2007). Eight posts.
  • The new GP Acute Care Rural Fellowship option based on the GP Acute Care Competencies work following from the agreement of the Framework for the Sustainability of Services and the Medical Workforce in Remote Acute Care Community Hospitals. Two posts.

For further information, please contact Dr Gillian Clarke at: or download the job pack here.   You can also see more information here from RuralGP, including location-guides to most of the available Fellowships.

Closing date: Friday, 26th April 2013.

Interviews will be held on 15th and 16th May 2013 in Inverness.

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Dewar 2013 Conference – join the webcast

If you’re not able to make it to the Dewar 2013 Conference, next Friday 19th April, you are welcome to join us ‘virtually’ by accessing the webcast.

The main conference sessions will be broadcast (via professional webcast experts) on the day, and we intend to make the footage available for viewing after the conference too.

We will also be keeping a close eye on tweets using the #Dewar2013 hashtag – you can contribute to the debate and make your own comments throughout the day.

To view the webcast, go to this page on the day.  No login or registration is required, although we would be very pleased to hear from you and any comments about whether the webcast has been helpful.  There is a form below for this purpose.

Webcast Registration

It would be helpful to have an idea of who is intending to join us by webcast.  Please complete the following form to help us ascertain how useful the webcast will be.  We may ask you to complete a very short survey afterwards to get some feedback too.

[Form removed following conference]


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The Dewar Centenary Exhibition: coming to an independent museum near you in 2013!

News just in from Dr Annie Tindley, Senior lecturer in History, Glasgow Caledonian University

The programme for the travelling Dewar Centenary exhibition has been announced this week. In 2012 the exhibition went all over the Highlands and Argyll, and it will be on the move again in 2013, and available to see at:

Historylinks, Dornoch between March 15th and May 31st  – see

Cromarty Courthouse, Cromarty, between 1st June and 31st July

Glencoe and North Lorn Folk Museum, Glencoe, between 1st August and 30th September

Further venues may be announced, so please keep your eyes peeled!




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EMRS Clinical Governance – have you tried joining in?

For several years now, the Emergency Medical Retrieval Service (EMRS) in Scotland have been opening up their clinical governance meetings to rural GPs and practitioners.  On a quarterly basis, these meetings are held near their base in Glasgow, and feature a review of their activity, along with two case presentations and a topic presentation – such as a particular condition or a recent audit.

Most rural GPs across the west and north of Scotland are very familiar with the services that EMRS offers.  They have maintained their original aim – to bring consultant-led critical care to remote and rural areas of Scotland and bring critically ill patients back to ITU facilities. However they also offer a HEMS-style prehospital care response, both to rural/remote regions and more locally around Glasgow.  They expect a good proportion of their calls to be telephone advice – and this makes them more approachable for advice, that may then turn into an actual retrieval.

The team is held in high regard, and have bolstered the acute care available to rural communities.  It’s therefore a good opportunity to link in with the team and learn about what other centres are doing – as well as catch up on latest practice and hear quality case-discussions that are relevant to rural practice throughout Scotland.

emrs minilogoTo link in, you need an ISDN teleconference facility.  The meetings are held on different days throughout the year, from 1.30pm to 3.00pm.  ‘Audience participation’ from remote sites is strongly encouraged, and it makes for some highly relevant CPD points too.

To find out more, visit the EMRS website or contact Anne Cadman (EMRS Administrator) at  They’re a friendly bunch and keen to include more rural practitioners.




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Dewar 2013: Programme now available

The programme for the Dewar 2013 Conference is now available.

>> Book online now!

Please see details below, and go to this page to find out more about registration.

Friday 19th April, Fort William

Sir John Dewar, author of the 1912 Dewar Report

Sir John Dewar, author of the 1912 Dewar Report

10.00 – 11.00 – Coffee and Registration, Main Auditorium

11:00 – 11:55 – Plenary Session, ‘The Dewar Centenary’, Main Auditorium, Chair: Dr Annie Tindley

11.00 – 11.10 – Using history as a tool for change; what the group has done so far – Dr Annie Tindley

11.10 – 11.20 – Remote & Rural Health Care within Scottish Government: NHS Policy Development – Ms Jill Vickerman, NHS Quality Improvement Scotland

11.20 – 11.40 – Dewar in a Nutshell – Dr Miles Mack, GP Dingwall

11.40 – 11.55 – Dewar 2013:  Individual and community well-being, and social capital.  Dewar is still relevant today and we have 3 tests for 2013 – Dr Jim Douglas, GP & Dewar Group


12.00 – 13.00 – Problem Solving Workshops (choose one) 

Main Auditorium – Social, Capital and Community Enterprise,
Chair: Dr Steve McCabeDr Iain McNicol, Alison MacLeod, Applecross Community Co & Gill McVicar
Breakout Room 1 – A History Masterclass: Dewar and Dr Lachlan Grant, Ballachulish Dr Annie Tindley, Dr Patricia Whatley & Dr Roddy MacLeod Breakout Room 2 – The Emergency Services in Remote Communities:  ‘How can we help you?  These are our problems, how you can help us.’ Representatives from Fire, Police, Coastguard, RNLI & MRT Breakout Room 3 – Health Professional Education for Remote and Rural Communities Ronald MacVicar, Pam Nicol & Bill McKerrow


13:00 – 14:00 Lunch and walk along Caol Beach

14:00 – 15:00 – Afternoon Sessions (choose one)

Main Auditorium – Technology, Recruitment and Retention: What works? Chair: Dr Miles Mack.Representative from the Centre for Telehealth, representative from the Transport Project & Dr David Hogg, GP, Arran Breakout Room 1 – Public sector bids, community buy-outs, working with Government and agencies Mike Foxley, Enterprise Company, Eigg buy-out Breakout Room 2 – First Responder SchemesAlan Knox, SAS Breakout Room 3 – Social and Community Care/IntegrationJoanna Hynd, Gill MacVicar &representative from NHS Highland Board


15:00 – 15:30 – Coffee

15:30 – 16:15 – Plenary Session

What have we learned and are there any agreed actions?, Chair: Dr Jim Douglas (Chair, Dewar Group)

16:15 – 16:30 – The historical summary

Dewar in 2013, Dr Annie Tindley

16:30 – 17:00 – Networking opportunity

 19:00 – 22:00 – Conference dinner


We hope to see you there.  Further details including registration and accommodation are available here.



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Allen & Margaret Wilson Memorial Fund

In 1967, Drs Allen T and Margaret JI Wilson were tragically killed in a road accident.  Allen Wilson had already made his name by his contribution to the RCGP and to research in general practice.

A fund was set up in 1969 in their memory, with a two objectives:

  • to advance the education of young people resident in the Parishes of Innerleithen, Traquair and Walkerburn
  • to encourage original research work by family doctors, following the example of the Wilsons

There are three Trustees – including the Provost of South East Scotland Faculty of RCGP.  Every second year the Provost has to provide the name of a doctor in Scotland for the award.  By the Trust Dead, he has to consult the RCGP Research Committee, Scottish Council and Scottish Council Research Network.  In considering possible recipients, preference should be given to a young doctor practicing in a rural area.  The medical award is usually linked with giving a lecture under the RCGP, locally or nationally.

An award of £750 is available this year.  Please see forms/information below for further details.

Explanatory Letter Application Information


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Paediatric emergency medicine… learn by videoconference

BASICSlogoBASICS Scotland is offering another opportunity to get up-to-date with paediatric prehospital emergency medicine – delivered by internet-based teleconferencing.

The 9-session course, delivered by expert speakers, will be delivered weekly on Thursdays from 11th April 2013.   The same topic will be delivered in two separate sessions each day – 1300-1400 and 1500-1600.  This time it’s possible to link in from any computer with a webcam, microphone and broadband connection, and it’s also possible to view the sessions in your own time.

The topics include:

  • child with fever
  • meningitis
  • asthma
  • epiglottitis & croup
  • seizures
  • head injury
  • allergy & anaphylaxis
  • gastroenteritis & dehydration
  • pain relief
  • lower respiratory infections and pneumonia

Previous courses have received excellent feedback.

Very informative, execptionally useful and well delivered

Really helpful course, well worth attending!

The cost of all 9 sessions is £135 (BASICS Scotland members) or £150 (non-members).

More information is available from Kirsty at – or download this poster.




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2013 Dewar Conference

Kilmallie Community Centre café

Kilmallie Community Centre café

The 2013 Dewar Conference is being finalised. Speakers are being confirmed, accommodation identified and the word is out.

The event, taking place on 19th April in a stunningly innovative venue at Fort William, will offer an excellent chance for rural health professionals to get together with other providers of rural infrastructure.

For more details, please see this page.


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