Training does not need to finish with your CCT. In Scotland we offer a number of opportunities for you to continue your career development beyond GPST. We have mentioned the North of Scotland Career Start scheme on this blog on a number of occasions. As well as the Career Start scheme there is also a Scotland wide GP Fellowship scheme. These are one-year posts in a range of locations across the country with a focus on Rural Practice, Health Inequalities, Medical Education and Occupational Medicine. These posts are recruited to each Spring, and the 2015 recruitment round opens on 2nd April 2015, with the closing date of 23rd April 2015.
- The 'standard' GP Rural Fellowship option based on the curriculum for rural practice developed by the Remote and Rural Training Pathways Group (GP sub-group Final Report Sept 2007).
- The newer GP Acute Care Rural Fellowship option based on the, GP Acute Care Competencies work following from the agreement of the Framework for the Sustainability of Services and the Medical Workforce in Remote Acute Care Community Hospitals.
The Rural Fellowships are designed for doctors that have reasonably recently completed their General Practice Specialty Training and have an interest in experiencing remote and rural practice. There may be regular travel to and within remote areas which may not be served by public transport, therefore if candidates do not hold a valid UK driving licence, it will be necessary to organise travel arrangements and suitable alternative transport. Travel expenses incurred as a result of the need to travel will be reimbursed. Posts are available for August 2015 in a variety of rural locations across Scotland including Arran, Cowal, Islay, Lochaber, Moray, Orkney, Skye, Sutherland, Tayside, Dumfries & Galloway and the Western Isles.