Michael Smyth, GP, Northern Ireland writes… The culmination of a collaborative plan between mostly small rural practices in Northern Ireland was the recent launch of a new action plan by the Northern Ireland Small Practice Association (NISPA). Over 100 workers and GPs from practices across the province attended the event at the Manor House Hotel, […]
You may be aware of an excellent source of R&R research – Rural & Remote Health. Thanks to Gordon Baird, who flagged up an interesting article into how the out-of-hours telephone service NHS24 (similar to NHS Direct in England & Wales) fares for remote & rural communities. Direct link to the article (including PDF) […]
Here’s an interesting insight into the work of some of our more remote colleagues. Granted, this isn’t recent news, but I thought it might tempt readers who’ve not seen this before. Rosie Donovan is a Scottish photographer who carried out a photo-documentary of the lives of several remote & rural GPs in Scotland. The exhibition […]
“ACRRM is the peak professional organisation for Rural and Remote Medicine (RRM) education and training in Australia and leads the world in the development of this discipline. Our members are committed to providing the highest quality of medical care to patients in regional, rural and remote communities throughout Australia.”
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 […]
Clip from Lesley Riddoch‘s BBC Scotland show on 18 January 2008. James Ferguson is Consultant in A&E Medicine in Aberdeen, with an interest in telemedicine – he’s part of the team at the Scottish Centre for Telehealth. He covers topics related to remote medicine, including hospital closures and using technology to reduce the problem of distance. […]
Lesley Riddoch, an excellent broadcaster on Radio Scotland, interviewed some top names in Telehealth in 2007. Although it was recorded 2 years ago, the standard of broadcast is high and the programme is more about what telemedicine could eventually achieve. Those interviewed are: Dr Leonard Witkamp a dermatologist and Director of the Telemedicine Centre in […]
Besides the Scottish Centre for Telemedicine, Norway have a similar centre, with a more developed website. They seem to collate news from across the world, and condense it all into RSS feeds. Loads of projects, links and research.
The next annual conference of the Remote Practitioners’ Association of Scotland will take place on November 12-14 2009 at Craigmonie Hotel, Inverness. See the diary for details, or watch http://www.remote-doctors.co.uk (but info not yet available).
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: […]