Wednesday, 14 November 2018

Familiarity breeds content – why the personal link with GPs is vital to the nation’s health

Dr Miles Mack, GP in Dingwall and former chair of the Royal College of General Practitioners Scotland writing in the Press and Journal last week about the value of continuity of care provided in General Practice and its role in increasing patient satisfaction and improved patient care.

Tuesday, 6 November 2018

"Realistic Medicine, Realistic Training"

Educational Supervisors from across the North Region of the Scottish Deanery from Lossiemouth to Lerwick, Stonehaven to Stornaway and Forres to Fort William gathered in Nairn last week for dynamic two day conference "Realistic Medicine, Realistic Training".

The conference, which always has an excellent attendance, is an opportunity for ESs across the region to share learning and experiences, to help them develop as educators and to enable them to offer the best support and training they can to GPSTs across the North region.

We were delighted to welcome the Chair of RCGP Scotland, Dr Carey Lunan, as our key note speaker discussing "Realistic General Practice: politics, conflicts and opportunities" and also had an opportunity to hear from Dr Des Spence about " A new Future in Primary Care: a solution to the crisis"

ESs met with the new Director of GP Education for the East, Dr Amjad Khan and attended a wide variety of different workshops run by both their colleagues and external speakers.

We are looking forward to reviewing the feedback and starting the planning for the conference next year.

Dr Jenny Craig, GP and ES, Fyvie Oldmeldrum Medical Group and Associate Advisor NES North region
On behalf of the North Region Conference Orgnaising Committee

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Wednesday, 24 October 2018

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Diving and Dining at the Annual Rural Track Workshop in Orkney

With nights being longer, Aurora Borealis in our Orkney skies and tourists nowhere to be found I feel like bringing memories of late spring days with blue skies, sun shining and puffins invading our northern archipelago...

This year there are also other memories to bring as our annual Rural Track Workshop took place in Orkney this year.

Over 2 days we hosted trainees from all rural areas of Scotland including Shetland, the Western Isles and Fort William.

The current Orkney 'herd' of GP trainees consists of 4 people: myself (Aneta), Alison, Jack and Shen. We were all very keen to host the event and show our fellow GP trainees what an exciting and diverse place Orkney is.

We spent our time quite actively, with Alison and Jack organising morning swims in clear waters of Orkney, myself trying to make sure everyone was fed and full of energy and Shen supplying local knowledge of ferry connections to some of the isles.

We had opportunity to hear from doctors at different stages of their careers, GPs and consultants alike, on what it is like to practice in Orkney and what challenges and excitement it brings.

We also visited local lifeboat station, decompression chamber for divers and we connected via VC with one of the remote islands to hear about experiences of truly rural & remote GP.

Personally, one of my favourite speakers was Dr Trevett, GP from Stromness, who talked to us about diving medicine and took opportunity to show us decompression chamber (one of four in entire Scotland!).

If you are interested in diving (medicine) Orkney is definitely a place to be! It is one of the most exciting spots for ship wreckage diving, just visit this website and it will give you an idea of what treasures Orkney seabed might hide.

I could go on and on about how wonderful place Orkney is and how everyone can find something in here for themselves, but I will l​et the pictures speak for themselves...

Dr Aneta Filipek
GPST, NHS Orkney

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