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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 klaird@basics-scotland.org.uk – or download this poster.




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Vacancy: Lairg, Sutherland – GP Partner

Lairg, Sutherland (Highlands)
GP Partner – Part Time

Photo under license from Harry Willis

Photo under license from Harry Willis

Lairg Medical Practice is looking for an enthusiastic doctor to work 6 sessions per week, to replace a retiring Partner. Lairg is situated in central Sutherland, 60 miles from Inverness.

  • Rural 2 partner Practice (only one hour from local DGH)
  • List size – 1200 patients
  • No OOH
  • High QOF achievement – well remunerated
  • Paperlight using Vision clinical system
  • Friendly and supportive working environment with excellent nursing and admin teams
  • Start date – 8th July 2013

Please send a covering letter with CV to:

Dr. Aline Marshall
Lairg Medical Practice
Main Street
IV27 4DD

Tel: 01549 402007
Email: sasha.saunders@nhs.net

Informal enquiries welcome

Closing date: Wednesday 3rd April 2013



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Video: Dewar Group Lecture in Lochaber

Dr Miles Mack

Dr Miles Mack

Dr Miles Mack, a member of the Dewar Centenary Group and GP in Dingwall, gave a lecture to the Lochaber Local History Society this month.  The event is one of many talks and exhibitions that have taken place across Scotland, over the last year.

This presentation has been filmed, and you can view the whole talk below.  You may need to crank up the volume to hear the audio, however hopefully this gives a useful introduction to the story of Dewar – and why it is still so relevant to Scottish rural practice today.  The black and white photos may seem a distant past, but the problems highlighted in recruitment, retention and resource are still hot topics for rural general practice now.

The Dewar Group will shortly be announcing information about a wide-ranging conference to be held on Friday 19th April in Fort William.  Until this is available, keep the date free… we can guarantee a fascinating day involving not just medics, but others involved in providing modern health care to Scotland’s rural population.



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Vacancy: Whalsay, Shetland – GP Associate


This is the view from my surgery window.  It could be the view from yours…

Wilf Treasure


Whalsay needs a second doctor. If like many doctors who choose general practice you want variety, continuity of care and work-leisure balance you could be this doctor.

You’ll find variety: you’ll be dealing with acute problems, chronic disease, prevention, emergencies, minor injuries, minor surgery, long-acting reversible contraception, healthcare service delivery, dispensing, audit, protocol development and a wonderful team. You’ll find continuity of care: quickly you’ll become familiar with individuals, families and a community first-hand on a daily basis on Whalsay and through the resident nurse on Out Skerries. You’ll find a good work-leisure balance: the acute work-load involves 10-25 face-to-face consultations in the surgery or at home on 5-6 days a week, telephone consultations often regarding test results, about one out-of-ours consultation a day, and a rare consultation at night; while you’re on leave your time’s your own.

Currently there’s a post for 35 weeks a year held by Wilf Treasure and another post for 17 weeks a year which is vacant, the work being done by a series of locums. You’re welcome to apply for the 17-week post. If you want more than 17 weeks’ work you might well find other vacancies in Shetland: Whalsay HC and NHS Shetland would help facilitate this. You might want to work fewer than 17 weeks a year; you might want to plan for the long-term or just the short-term; you might want to try it out and see how it goes; and in years to come when Wilf reduces his hours or retires you might want to consider the 35-week post. What matters is that you’re an enthusiastic, energetic doctor, committed to providing high-quality care – and learning how to do that better.

If you’re interested please get in touch for an informal chat with Christine Eunson, the practice manager, or with Wilf Treasure by telephone, e-mail, social media or letter using the following contact details:

Whalsay Health Centre, Symbister, Whalsay ZE2 9AE; 01806-566219

To apply please respond to the NHS Shetland advertisement.


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Vacancy: Yell, Shetland – Salaried GP

Photo by Simon Varwell

Photo by Simon Varwell

We are looking for a replacement salaried GP to work approximately 17 weeks a year to cover the principal when off duty. Yell is a remote, rural, single handed, island dispensing practice. The practice population is 1090, with about 70 living on the nearby island of Fetlar. This island has a resident district nurse, and we visit fortnightly. The post is available from the 1st March, but we are happy to wait for the right candidate.

The practice has a full complement of ancillary staff, including practice manager, receptionists, dispensers and practice nurse. They are experienced, supportive and very friendly. We work out of a modern purpose built health centre, along with the community nurses and an NHS dental team.

The practice is paperlight and uses EMIS and DOCMAN. We have high QOF figures and pride ourselves on providing excellent personalised primary care. The practice has video-conferencing facilities.

The district hospital is in Lerwick, an hour and a half away by road and ferry. There are regular ferry links between Yell and the Shetland mainland. The hospital has physicians, surgeons, anaesthetists, a psychiatrist and GP obstetricians. A variety of  specialists visit from Aberdeen on a regular basis.

As well as providing the usual GP services, you would be expected to deal with minor injuries and casualty type problems and all emergencies. There is no paramedic on the island but there is a fully equipped ambulance manned by drivers trained to FPOS. BASICs training would be an advantage.

Working arrangements would be flexible, and you would obviously need to be resident on the island when on duty. Travel expenses to the Scottish mainland will be available, and subsistence allowance for the time you are on island is payable. The salary is approximately £42000 per annum for the 17 weeks, depending on experience.

Yell is a wonderful island, full of community spirit with a welcoming population. There are excellent schools and a leisure centre with swimming pool. There are plenty of opportunities for a variety of indoor and outdoor pursuits available, and the largest otter population in the UK! If you would like more information, visit our website www.yellhealthcentre.co.uk or feel free to call Rosie Briscoe or Mark Aquilina (job sharing principals) on 01957 702127 for an informal chat.

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Vacancy: Kyle of Lochalsh – Partner

Kyle of Lochalsh Medical Centre

Kyle of Lochalsh Medical Centre

An opportunity for partnership has arisen due to relocation of an existing partner at Kyle Medical Practice.

We are looking for a 5-8 session partner to join our happy, 5 partner nGMS practice with a healthy work-life balance.  The practice has a list size of approximately 2600 and covers a large geographical area from Kyleakin in South Skye to Cluanie and from Ardnaff to Mam Ratagan. There is an immediate care hospital at Broadford (9 miles from the practice) staffed by Rural Practitioners. This has a small 24/7 A+E and covers GP out of hours for the practice area – there is therefore no out of hours commitment for the practice GPs.

The practice is based in Lochalsh Healthcare Centre in Kyle of Lochalsh. The building is Health Board owned, accommodating dental facilities on the upper floor and office areas for locality district nurses, CPN’s, midwives etc. There are also teleconferencing facilities and a meeting room. The practice itself has five GP consulting rooms, one of which is kept for visiting specialists / optician / medical students. There is also a practice nurse room and a separate treatment room. The building was completed in August 2008.

We are paperlite, use VISION and Docman clinical systems.

If eligible, standard + additional rurality Golden Hello payments are available to the successful applicant.

There are good local services and schools with the National Centre of Excellence in Traditional Music based at Plockton High School. Skye and Lochalsh offers many outdoor activity options and is world renowned as a location for climbing, hill-walking and sea kayaking.

For further information contact:

Christine Matheson, Practice Manager – 01599 534257


 Photo courtesy of Andy Law at Skye Images
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Vacancy: Salaried GP, Shetland

Up Helly Aa festival

Up Helly Aa festival

Salaried GP with special interest in Obstetrics

Lerwick Health Centre: Full Time Post

An opportunity has arisen for a GP with Special Interest in Obstetrics post in our Paper Light Practice.  The Lerwick Practice is a Health Board run General Practice, in the middle of Shetland’s capital, providing medical services to a population of approximately 9,100 patients and offers variety and stimulation that can only be found in remote settings. The team delivering health care services is friendly, welcoming and very supportive.  There is no on-call commitment, although the doctors do participate in the local GP out-of-hours co-operative, which is not onerous.   The Practice has an Advanced Nurse Practitioner and a Healthcare Assistant.  The Practice works with EMIS PCS and DOCMAN and also provides minor surgery, enhanced family planning etc.

The GP with special interest in obstetrics will work in a rota with 2 GP colleagues to provide round the clock cover for the maternity department at the Gilbert Bain Hospital.  Time working on the maternity rota is protected clinical time and separate from GP clinical practice.  Working in the maternity department will involve working as part of a multidisciplinary team with midwives and obstetricians in Aberdeen.

Lerwick Harbour

The maternity unit provides delivery for low risk births, repeat Caesarean sections and emergencies as they arise – women with anticipated complications are delivered in Aberdeen.  The GP is involved in antenatal care and decision making, as part of the wider team with Aberdeen obstetricians providing guidance as needed.  The GP is also responsible for assisting intrapartum care of the carefully selected ladies delivering in Shetland – the GP will make decisions regarding augmentation of labour, Caesarean section and simple ventouse delivery.  Caesarean sections are carried out by the surgeons within the hospital.

The GP is involved in stabilisation and management of the sick neonate as part of a team which includes Aberdeen neonatal unit. There are approximately 200 deliveries a year in the unit.  The interested candidate should have DRCOG or experience working in obstetric units and additional training is provided in emergency obstetric care, with skills kept up to date with departmental teaching a regular feature. Similarly training is provided in neonatal resuscitation and stabilisation, though any experience in care of new born will be an advantage.

Remuneration for being part of this rota is paid in addition to salary at a rate equivalent to 2 weekend Out of Hours shifts per week. The GPs who provide the obstetric service also provide cover to the local police station, which is paid separately.

  • Salary in line with DDRB recommended salaried GP pay scales
  • Distant Island Allowance
  • Relocation assistance

Shetland is a wonderful place to live and work.  Shetland offers low pollution, low crime, excellent schools, great leisure facilities, unique wildlife and amazing scenery, whilst still only a short flight away from the UK mainland.  To find out more about Shetland go to www.visitshetland.com

For an informal discussion, please contact Lisa Sutherland on 01595 743209 or Dr Dylan Murphy on 01595 693201.

Please quote reference number

Closing date for receipt of applications is 04/02/13

Interviews will be held w/c 18/02/13

We offer relocation assistance of up to £8,000 and all posts qualify for a Distant Island Allowance of £1,538 (pro rata for part-time and fixed term positions).

For a job pack please contact the Human Resources Department, Brevik House, South Road, Lerwick, Shetland or telephone: (01595) 743067 (24 hour answer phone), quoting the appropriate reference number, or visit our website at www.nhsscotland.com/shb

In promoting equal opportunities, we welcome applications from all sections of the community.

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Vacancy: Isle of Arran – Salaried GP

Blackwaterfoot Rocks, courtesy of Hamish Bannatyne

Blackwaterfoot Rocks, courtesy of Hamish Bannatyne

SALARIED GP or GPs: 4 days per week

Salary £80K pro rata + Golden Hello if eligible 

Arran is an island situated just off the west coast of Scotland where general practice is varied and interesting and the beautiful setting offers a great quality of life. We are looking for an enthusiastic and highly motivated GP to join our current team of nine GPs, four practice nurses, two HCAs and supportive administrative staff.

With a patient list size of 5,000, Arran Medical Group is an accredited GP training practice and dispensing practice working across three main and four branch sites.  Using EMIS PCS clinical system, the practice is a high QOF achiever and takes part in a wide range of enhanced services.

There are excellent opportunities for greater continuity of patient care due to the local GPs offering acute and inpatient care at the 17-bed community hospital.

The team of island GPs provides A&E and OOH services with a ‘2nd on call’ for support if required.  Remuneration for this work is very attractive.

There is a full induction programme with needs assessment and a wealth of training and educational opportunities. This is a chance to work in a community that is proud and supportive of its health services.

For further information please contact:

Joyce Beasley, Practice Manager – Tel: 01770 600516 or email: joycebeasley@nhs.net
Dr Malcolm Kerr, Arran Clinical Lead – Tel: 01770 302175 or email: malcolm.kerr@nhs.net

Updated 2nd January: download the job pack, and see the BBC News coverage.

Closing date: 14th January 2013

Click this link to view the video, or see below…



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New Blog: Scotland Rural GP Training

I chose rural medicine as a new opportunity to broaden my horizons, I feel rural medicine is constantly providing new and different challenges.

Kate and her colleagues are based in the Western Isles

Dr Kate Dixon, in her first year of rural GP training, has started this blog to record her experiences as a GPST1 in the Western Isles.  Clearly inspired by the generalist practice, and quality of life offered from working in stunning scenery, she hopes to document the highlights of her training programme, and inspire others who might do the same.

“I have started this blog to share my love for the Highlands and Islands and promote training in these areas. I hope to inspire more people to consider joining us in training up here!”, Kate explains.

Originally from Leicestershire, she began her medical training in Aberdeen  and decided to continue her training in Scotland. She undertook the foundation programme in the North Deanery, with the first year in Aberdeen and second in Inverness. She describes the Highlands & Islands as ‘spectacular’ and after taking her experience of rural GP practice in Connel and Aviemore has decided to embark on the current Rural Track GP Training Programme.

You can follow her blog here:



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Rural Mentoring Survey: Results

Many thanks to everyone who took part in the mentoring survey, which closed tonight after 2 weeks.  This was kindly hosted by RCGP.  Over fifty rural medical practitioners responded, with some useful and insightful results.

The raw data are presented below.  If you can’t see anything, you can also download a PDF file here.  Apologies that this is slightly clunky – and please note that comments are presented at the end of the PDF.  If you have a large screen, it may be worthwhile opening up two windows so you can follow the questions and free text answers at the same time.

Further analysis will be carried out to summarise the main conclusions.  It is hoped to present this on RuralGP.com in the next few weeks.  In the meantime, I have made the following observations on what could be considered the ‘next steps’:

  • Development of a profiles page, giving details of rural GPs who are prepared to act as mentors for committed trainees. (With some time for thought about how this should be co-ordinated and supported).
  • Development of a scholarship scheme for medical student electives.
  • Play down the role of social media, and improve quality student/trainee access to good rural practice experience.

Discussion can take place via the various email groups, or post a comment below.


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