Whilst every GP practice is different, being a rural GP offers the opportunity to work in some stunning locations, whilst using a wide range of skills and being able to practise true continuity of care. Work is more likely to be required in the prehospital, community hospital and transfer environments, and this requires extended skills such as emergency, intermediate and palliative care. Living in a smaller community, with more on-call and reliance on healthcare professionals, brings specific challenges but can also offer fantastic levels of personal and professional satisfaction.
Whether you’re a school pupil, or coming to the end of your GP training and looking at the next step, we hope that these pages can help in explaining what some of the options are.
I am …
- at school and thinking about applying to do medicine
- a medical student, and want to include rural GP in my placements
- keen to find out more about the GP Specialist Training (GPST) programmes
- nearly/recently a qualified GP and wondering about rural practice
- wanting to know more about the Scottish GP Rural Fellowship Scheme
Resources to consider…
North of Scotland GP Training Blog: New site detailing loads of reasons to consider Scottish GP training, including the rural track.
Why should I become a rural GP? This article by Dr Gordon Baird appeared in InnovAiT,and describes the pros and cons of rural practice. To access this link you’ll need a subscription to InnovAiT.
NES Rural Fellowship Scheme: Offers newly-qualified GPs a year to develop extended skills suitable for rural practice.
Read this article by MDDUS/David Hogg about the attractions of rural practice.