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2nd National RCGP Rural Forum Conference

rcgplogoSaturday 16th March 2013: 0830-1600
Stoneybeck Inn, Bowscar, Penrith, Cumbria


The RCGP Rural Forum has organised its second national conference on Rural General Practice, at the date and venue above.  Building on the successes of its conference last year, the programme aims to cover a wide range of pertinent issues facing UK rural practice.

Including a look at the recruitment & retention perspective in New Zealand, plus management of ENT presentations and suicide awareness, the event promises to develop a varied number of topics, and offer an opportunity for like-minded rural practitioners to meet and discuss these issues.

For more information, you can download the information pack.

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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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Recruit & Retain: an EU approach

If you haven’t already seen this video, be sure to spend the time to watch it.

Recruit & Retain is an EU initiative to understand and improve recruitment & retention of rural public sector workers – from firefighters to GPs.  NHS Western Isles is a major player in this collaboration between the northern EU countries (with lots of novel approaches evident from our Scandinavian colleagues) and close links to institutions such as the Northern Ontario Rural Medical School in Canada.

The video speaks for itself, the initiative also has a website at http://www.recruitandretain.eu


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Featured Video: NZ Rural Practice

This video from Country99TV offers an in-depth look into the challenges of rural practice in New Zealand.

Uploaded in February, it offers a fresh, but realistic account of the attractions of rural medicine, and highlights some of the approaches taken to improve recruitment to these areas.

Kudos to the GPs involved in making this feature.  There is often some reluctance to engage with television companies, but this one presents the situation very effectively.


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1st National Conference on Rural General Practice

March 16th 2012: Stoneybeck Inn, Bowscar, Penrith

Updated programme available as of 15th January.

This conference has been organised by the RCGP Rural Forum to provide essential educational updates to help fulfil the requirements for appraisal and revalidation, with a focus on the needs of rural and remote GPs practising across the UK.

Featuring an impressive line up of rural GPs and other practitioners, along with a hand injections workshop, the one-day event has been located to allow easy access from motorway and rail connections.

For more details, see the programme here.

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Rural Track GP Training in Scotland

Details of the new rural-track GP Training programmes are emerging from NHS Education for Scotland.  Planned to run over four years, they will equip trainees with the experience necessary not only for the MRCGP assessments, but provide enhanced clinical experience for following careers in rural practice thereafter.

Of particular interest is the prospect of Out of Area Experience in the third year, with possibilities of anaesthetic training, access to additional specialty training, or even travel to third and developed world centres.

The rural track programmes are likely to be very popular.  Likely locations include Lochaber, Argyll, Orkney and Shetland.  For further details you can visit the information page here.


Photo: Mid-Argyll Community Hospital & Integrated Care Centre, Lochgilphead
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Rural Opportunities in Scotland

NHS Education for Scotland has released a new DVD about opportunities for various healthcare careers within rural areas.  It’s part of the Remote and Rural Healthcare Educational Alliance (RRHEAL), an initiative to improve training and development of healthcare teams across rural Scotland.

The first part of the video focusses on dentistry; there are subsequent interviews with Charlie Siderfin (GP Postgraduate Tutor, Orkney), Chris Williams (GP Trainee, Orkney) and David Sedgwick (Consultant Surgeon, Fort William).  If you can’t see the video below, you might need to visit this page on Vimeo.

The next round of GP Rural Fellowships – ideal for recently qualified GPs – will be released soon on the NES website.  You can read more about these fellowships here.

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RCGP Annual Conference: 16 days to get the Early Bird Rate

conference_banner_234x60Another reminder that the Early Bird rate for the RCGP Annual Conference is available up until July 27th.

The event, happening in the SECC in Glasgow on 5-7 November, is offering a comprehensive programme over the Thursday-Saturday… spanning topics including revalidation, GP training, innovation in practice… and loads more.

You can view the full programme at www.rcgpannualconference.org.uk.

Rural events to look out for:

A5 (Innovation Stream): Telemedicine – advanced front line patient care

B8 (Rural Stream): The future of rural practice: local, national and international perspectives

D6 (Education Stream): Addressing health inequalities by raising the standard of GP specialist training

Mobile Skills Unit (see here).

Associates in Training have a dedicated stream of events intertwined with the main programme.

We hope to see you there.

The future of rural practice: local, national and international
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