Dewar Conference 2013

Using history to inform the future of remote & rural healthcare

19th April 2013: 10.00am – 5.00pm
No delegate fees
Kilmallie Free Church & Community Centre: Caol, Fort Wiliam
You can view the report of the conference here

Organised by the Dewar Centenary Group, this conference aims to reflect, contrast and inspire innovation for medical care in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland.

The Dewar Report’s innovative thinking piloted ideas in 1912 which helped found the NHS in 1948 and still has relevance to remote and rural healthcare today.  The conference aims to address the ‘non-NHS factors’ in remote health care provision and the sustainability of remote communities.  It will be an opportunity to learn from each other and network.

A broad-ranging programme has been developed for the day.  Full details are available here, but here’s some highlights:

  • Dewar Report – summarised by the experts
  • Problems to politics – engaging policy changes at national level
  • Medical education for rural healthcare – what is the role in recruitment and retention?
  • Experience of communities – including presentations from Caol, Appin and Applecross
  • New technologies – cutting to the chase of gizmo vs innovation.  What can they offer rural communities?
  • The importance of communication, access and social infrastructure

Can I participate from my remote and rural location?

There will be a live web cast and opportunity to email or tweet your questions for discussion.

In addition, the conference will be recorded and all materials posted onto the web.

Conference Dinner

£20.00pp  (50 tickets available).  No dressing up required!  This will be a simple get together with food.  (No alcohol on premises).

Hector MacLean J.P. after dinner speaker:  ‘The View from the Bench’.

Kilmallie Community Centre café

The view from Kilmallie Community Centre café

The Venue

Kilmallie Free Church and Community Centre is a stunning new building completed in January 2013 with spectacular views down Loch Linnhe.

It is kitted out with state of the art conference facilities and legendary Free Church baking.  WiFi available.  We are grateful to the community centre for all their assistance in planning this event, and in recognising the rich local heritage which ties in so well with the work of the Dewar Report 1912.

Travel and Accommodation

Fort William is a transport hub for rail and buses.

There is a complete range of accommodation from Inverlochy Castle to back packers, with a Premier inn, Travel Lodge and B&Bs in between.

The nearest hotel is ‘The Moorings’ on the Caledonian Canal, preferential rates if you mention the conference.  In good weather it would be a 20 minute walk.  Banavie station is a 10 minute walk, taxi from Fort William about £8.00.

Further Details

To book, or obtain more information, contact Sylvie Main at the RCGP North of Scotland Faculty:

Telephone 01463 258 830 or email

>> Book online now!


This conference is generously supported by: