From bacon roles, lemons and back pockets to talking sticks and the Inverdeen Beekeepers Association, the inaugural group facilitator training day took place in the Centre for Health Science, Inverness on the 15th November. A gathering of 15 group facilitators from across the North of Scotland met for a day of shared learning.
The day provided time and space to share experiences and resources with colleagues and a forum to support, develop and strengthen the facilitator role.
The collective enthusiasm and passion for supporting our trainee GPs and students in the North of Scotland in their group work was clearly evident.
Thanks to Dr Rod Sampson, TPD, Caledonian Programme, for organising and facilitating a very enjoyable and worthwhile event.
Dr Graeme Brown, GP Associate Advisor, Grampian Programme, NES, Aberdeen
Last week saw North Region Educational Supervisors from Fort William to Forres, Oban to Oldmeldrum and Lerwick to Laurencekirk meet for their annual educational conference at the Newton Hotel in Nairn.
The 2 day event consisted of educational updates, inspirational talks and workshops covering a variety of topics including spirituality, IT in training, social media and realistic medicine.
A poetry session run by Dr Mark Taylor, GP and ES at Kingsmills Medical Practice in Inverness proved particularly popular, inspiring fellow GP and ES at Cove and Kincorth Medical Practice and GPST Group Work Facilitator at NES in Aberdeen, Dr Lynne MacKenzie to write the following piece....
“ TOO YOUNG “
I see your youth and your wish to live.
I hear your anger at your missed diagnosis.
I feel powerless!!
I see your wedding, an event that should be the beginning but this is almost the end.
I hear your resignation.
I feel powerless!!
I see your Mum in tears.
I hear her ask “ why couldn’t it have been me?”
I feel angry!!
I see your courage.
I hear your family asking me to “make you more comfortable “.
I feel I CAN do that.
I see your coffin lowered into the ground.
I hear silence.
I feel humbled!
I look at the trees and the sky and see SUCH beauty.
I will always treasure that.
The annual RCGP conference this year was down in the lovely Liverpool and was well represented from the North East of Scotland. The conference is attended by GPs from around the world coming together to share knowledge, ideas and go "forward together" (the theme of this years conference).
The event included large group talks in the auditorium from eminent college members, such as the charismatic Helen Stokes-Lampard (chair) talking about 'Enid shaped care' - a gripping story about one of her elderly patients and how it was inappropriate to chase targets when it wouldn't improve her quality of life, and other inspirational people such as Sir Ian Smit, founder of the Eden Project, who told us to follow our dreams and think outside of the box!
There were clinical update sessions on a variety of subjects from diabetes to contraception, Level 3 child protection training and BLS and everything in between. There was discussion on consultation models and humour in the consultation and a huge area dedicated to exhibitors both of posters and of products and services.
There was plenty of caffeine and networking, discussing better and more efficient models of care and there were also social events. Overall a very inspirational few days!
Don't worry if you missed this year because next year is in GLASGOW, so not nearly so far to travel - hope to see you there!
Dr Douglas Naismith, GPST3 Aboyne Medical Practice, RCGP AiT Wellbeing Lead, RCGP Scotland Recruitment Ambassador
Hi there, I am Douglas Naismith, GPST3 at Aboyne Practice in Aberdeenshire and North East Scotland AiT Representative.
In my AiT role I represent all GP trainees in the North East of Scotland at Local (faculty), Regional (Scottish) and National (London) RCGP meetings. I'm also the Wellbeing representative!
These meetings give me a great insight into how our college is structured and how it functions. I also get to meet lots of very interesting GPs with a vast variety of roles.
Recently I have also taken on a role as one of RCGP Scotland's Recruitment Ambassadors so I get to go to schools and the local University and tell students how amazing, varied and stimulating a career in General Practice can be...especially in the North East of Scotland!