Friday, 20 September 2019

News from the far North....

GP specialist training on the Caledonian and Rural Track Programmes got off to a great start this year, aided and abetted by the RCGP North of Scotland Faculty. 

The induction sessions this year were fuelled by an RCGP sponsored lunch and words of wisdom from Dr Miles Mack. An interesting interlude to a day packed full of information and learning and a kick start to the GPST year ahead. 

Great involvement from the local RCGP North of Scotland Faculty with offers of support for future social, educational and career development events.

Tuesday, 10 September 2019

ST2 and ST3 Inductions

Over the past 2 weeks we have welcomed back our ST2 and ST3 trainees at their inductions.

Fueled by home baking the ST3s had a split induction, in the first session reviewing the WPBA requirements for ST3 including the new prescribing assessment and OOH competencies and in the second meeting with a local CSA examiner to talk about the exam and even having a go at writing some CSA questions of their own.

The ST2s started their morning with an introduction to the AKT, having a chance to discuss their ICE with ST3 colleagues who had passed the AKT exam before having a go at a 50 question sample paper. This was followed by an opportunity to discuss exam technique and resources before a whistle stop tour through ST2 including the importance of practice keeping in touch days.

Both groups met over lunch to share their experiences and build the Grampian GPST community.

Friday, 30 August 2019

ST1 Induction

Last week we welcomed the new ST1 trainees to GP training on the Grampian programme. With trainees coming from as far afield as Canada and Sudan, Azerbaijan and Ukraine it was a very multi-national, multi-cultural day.  From the ice breaking getting to know you bingo, home bakes with coffee and end of day quiz it was a busy but fun filled day. Trainees were given an opportunity to meet with each other and the deanery team. There was time to explore the WPBA requirements and the 'ICE' of GP training. The feedback was excellent. We are looking forward to welcoming back the ST3s this week.

Tuesday, 27 August 2019

Traditional sounds with a twist - Ross Ainslie and Tim Edey

If you like traditional sounds with a twist this concert will be perfect for you. These old friends and award winning musicians are being brought together for a concert in Braemar.

Tim (guitar, melodeon), is brilliant - in every which way. As a guitarist he has few peers. As a box player he's a magician. As a character he's "off the scale" (Colin Irwin, fRoots).

Ross, one of Scotland's finest traditional musicians and composers (pipes, whistle, cittern) is an acclaimed soloist and collaborator. Check out his version of AC/DCs Thunderstruck from Aberdeen Musical Hall.

Friday, 9 August 2019

Work begins on new Baird Family Hospital and ANCHOR Centre

Construction work on the new Baird Family Hospital and ANCHOR Centre, both of which will open in 2022, is underway.

The new developments at the Foresterhill Health Campus in Aberdeen will enhance the provision of clinical care, offering a patient-centred care environment and also include research and teaching facilities.

The Baird Family Hospital will house Maternity, Neonatal, Reproductive Medicine, Breast and Gynaecology services, as well as a Patient Hotel. The ANCHOR Centre brings together Haematology, Oncology and Radiotherapy Services under one roof and will link to the existing Radiotherapy centre. There will also be a lounge for teenage/young adult patients and an aseptic pharmacy.

Choose GP training in the North and you could be working in one of these new state-of-the-Art buildings.

Tuesday, 6 August 2019

Highland Games Highlights

Whether you enjoy the skirl of the pipes as the massed pipes and drums take to the show ground, enjoy watching caber tossing and hammer throwing in the strong events or seeing the highland flings and sword dances, the Highland Games season is well underway here in the North.

With recent games around the city and shire already attracting thousands of visitors, August plays host to the Ballater Highlands Games and Lonach Gathering, with the Braemar Gathering, whose patron is Her Majesty the Queen, following in early September.

All within easy striking distance of both Aberdeen and Inverness you could be there if you choose GP Training in the North.