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Vacancy: Partnership North Devon

Partnership Opportunity in a Rural North Devon Dispensing Practice

We are seeking a doctor for a half-time partnership position. Starting date negotiable.

We work in a beautiful part of Devon within easy reach of the surf of the North
Cornwall Coast and walking on Dartmoor.

  • Friendly, highly motivated team
  • Fully dispensing
  • 1820 patients
  • Synergy software
  • High QOF achievement
  • PMS contract
  • Above average income
  • OOH work available
  • Purpose built surgery

Please apply with CV to Mrs. Cathy Ley, Beech House Surgery, Shebbear, Devon EX21 5RU by 31st May 2012.

Informal visits welcome by arrangement. For further details email: cathy.ley@nhs.net

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Wanted: Urban to Rural GP swap

Rachel Hopkins, London-based GP is looking for a 3 month job-swap so that she can experience rural practice somewhere in Scotland.  If you can help, please contact her, details below…

Come and live in London for a few months!

I am an inner city GP in London looking for a Scottish GP who would like to swap practices with me for a 3 month “sabbatical”. I’d like to swap homes and jobs and swap experiences of the differences and similarities between inner city and country practice.

The time period could be any suitable 2- 4 months from Aug 2012- Aug 2013.

I can offer 6 sessions/wk at the Killick Street Practice.  We’ve got a lovely modern building, friendly team, minutes from Kings Cross transport links, teaching and training practice. We have a fantastically multi-cultural patient group and a lively local community. No OOH unless wanted. Using Emis LV computer system, can offer training. I have a 4/5 bedroom house 3 miles from work near Finsbury Park and very close to a great collection of excellent and good value restaurants. All the opportunities of London at hand!

And indeed the Olympics in August 2012.

I would like to find a Scottish GP who is up for a bit of a change! I am open minded about different types of practice to visit and would prefer to work less than full time if possible. If you might be interested, please get in touch and we can discuss possibilities. If you cannot offer a full swap, I am also interested in locum opportunities or doctors who might want to come and  do my locum.

Rachel Hopkins


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Being a new mother in rural England

Another report from the Commission for Rural Communities has been published, this time focussing on the challenges of providing and accessing maternity services in rural areas [link no longer available].

Recent health policy has focussed on patient choice.  However, as the report states: “Delivering these choices in rural areas, presents particular challenges. With less availability and variety of provision in rural localities, choice can often only be exercised by women who are able to draw on their own resources, particularly in relation to capacity to access information and transport. It is therefore unclear whether ‘choice’ in maternity services actually helps to address inequalities but may instead serve to aggravate them.”

RuralGP was alerted to this item via the Institute of Rural Health Newsflash, a regular compilation of rural health items which is sent to IRH Associates.
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Being a young carer in rural England

“In the UK there are 175,000 children under the age of 18 who are informal (unpaid) family carers. There are also 230,000 young adult carers aged 18-24, Rural young carers face particular barriers in accessing and receiving services and support, compounded by distance, lack of adequate public transport, isolation, stigma and lack of privacy”.

This report from the Commission for Rural Communities highlights the challenges and barriers for young carers, that are particular to living in a rural area.

RuralGP was alerted to this item via the Institute of Rural Health Newsflash, a regular compilation of rural health items which is sent to IRH Associates.
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RCGP Response to the White Paper

The RCGP yesterday submitted its response to the White Paper on reforming the NHS.  Whilst the theme of stronger clinical leadership is supported, there remain concerns about the impact of the proposals on the ability of practices to provide continuity of care – a core essence of UK general practice.  Allowing a free choice of GP practice would “very likely threaten the viability of some practices, especially rural practices that provide a vital service to patients who are less mobile and potentially more vulnerable”.

The full response is available from the RCGP website.

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Sessional GP Wanted: Harbottle Practice, Northumberland

“We are a small PMS, dispensing practice based in the beautiful rural countryside of Northumberland, wishing to recruit an enthusiastic, well qualified, doctor to join our friendly, highly motivated team.

Harbottle Surgery has served the people of the Upper Rede and Coquet Valleys for at least 100 years. Our team, consisting of a Practice Nurse, Practice Manager, Dispenser and two Receptionists, is dedicated to maintaining a team based approach to patient care.

The practice recently moved into new purpose-built premises, refurbished by Northumberland Care Trust and utilises the SystmOne clinical system. We are a research practice, who is actively involved in PBC and medicines management, and we are committed to providing a proactive service to our patients.

Informal enquiries and visits are warmly welcomed.

Please contact Kim Beedham, Practice Manager, on 07931133465.

Please apply with CV and covering letter to:

Mrs Kim Beedham, Harbottle Surgery, The Village Hall, Harbottle, Morpeth, Northumberland, NE65 7DG

or kim.beedham@nhs.net

Closing Date: Monday 16th August 2010″

Sessional GP Advert (doc)

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New threat to rural practices with boundary changes

Debate has been ongoing since the government indicated plans to change the ways in which patients in England can register with a GP.  Health Minister Andy Burnham has outined plans to allow commuting patients to register with a practice closer to their place of work.

Whilst the idea sounds good for patient choice, the actual effects on patient care are more concerning.  Rural and suburban practices look set to lose out in particular.  We can expect to hear more about this over the next few weeks.

>> Andy Burnham outlining his proposals (BBC News video)

>> Rural GP surgeries face threat from plans to abolish practice boundaries, experts warn (The Telegraph)

>> Boundary plan a threat to rural practice (Dispensing Doctors’ Association)

>> NHS to abolish ‘boundaries’ for GP lists (The Independent)

>> Andy Burnham vows to abolish GP boundaries (The Guardian)

>> Abolition of practice boundaries: burning issue or sound bite policy? (Healthcare Republic)

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