Tuesday, 28 August 2018

GPST1s welcomed to Grampian Programme

Forestgrove House in Aberdeen played host to the new GPST1s starting their training in the Grampian programme.

The trainees started with 'getting to know you' Bingo, disappointingly no-one quite got a full house but Hannah filled the most squares and seemed please with her winning prize of a box of Maltesers!

The day continued with lots of discussion about the training programme and opportunities for learning. Dr Vicki Guthrie then gave a snappy presentation on the pitfalls of social media in the PechaKucha style.

Coffee time included some home baking and this was then followed by a small group work covering the many 3 (and more) letter acronyms associated with GP training. A delicious lunch was provided by the local RCGP faculty and then the small group discussion continued.

The day seems to have gone really well with lots of positive feedback.

"Interesting and thorough summary of what to expect in the next 3 years, especially regarding e-portfolio"

"Informal, tutors were very approachable and friendly"

"Relaxed friendly, enthusiastic speakers"

"Helpful to see the e-portfolio, go over mandatory components the curriculum and competencies"

"Found it very beneficial to hear from GPST3 with regards to hints/tips for training"

"Chatting and getting to know other GPSTs"

"Really enjoyed meeting everyone and good having the chance to chat and get to know a bit about the other trainees and members of team leading the training programme"

Supporting the Curriculum at the start of the Caledonian GP Day Release Programme

GP Day Release takes place once a month on a Wednesday for the Caledonian GP training Programme with a trainee led session in the morning and a facilitator led session in the afternoon.

The year kicked off last week with the help of a session from Highland Health Promotion Specialists and some personality profiling. Fortunately, all participants were deemed to have boundless personalities as we divided up into the behaviour profile headings of Driver, Enthusiast, Amiable and Analytical.

Small group work in the afternoon took the format of the usual starter for 10 with icebreakers, group rules and planning for the forthcoming year.

Group 2 attempted to 'Support the Curriculum'. As pictured, we split the group into 2 teams of 5 (2 volunteers and 3 helpers) and with the help of the helpers the 2 volunteers attempted to support the curriculum statements between each other. No curriculum statement was to touch the other and the paper was not to touch the floor.

The winning team was the one with the most curriculum statements supported. As you can see only a few of the rules were broken!

Hopefully everyone's eportfolio will be as good at capturing and supporting the curriculum statement headings as our volunteers were....

Dr Mark taylor
ES and GP Associate Advisor, NES, Inverness 

Tuesday, 14 August 2018

First para athlete's at Mey Highland Games...

This weekend the far North of Scotland staged the first ever Highland Games to include para athletes.  The Mey Highland Games took place on Saturday showcasing the usual traditional events alongside the first ever Invictus style Highland Games which attracted 60 para-athletes from far flung destinations including Australia and the US. 

This is one of only two Highland Games in the country to attract Royalty, with Prince Charles attending annually as chieftain of the games.


The sun shone on three fantastic days of live music and entertainment last weekend, at one of Scotland’s Premier music festivals.  Situated near Beauly, in the Highlands, Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival attracted crowds of around 20, 000.  From the big names of Amy MacDonald, Paloma Faith and Primal Scream to all the up and coming bands there was something to suit all tastes and plenty to entertain the whole family.

As well as attracting popular bands from afar there also local bands who wowed the crowds with modern twists on traditional music.  A true showcase of what the North of Scotland has to offer.

Wednesday, 8 August 2018

Grampian Group Work Feedback

We got some really great feedback about the GPST group work in Grampian at the end of the last Academic year.
There were a number of key themes, here are some quotes from the theme 'Learning'

"Safe Learning Environment"

"Opportunities to discuss complex/difficult cases"

"Openly discuss cases"

"Useful to discuss PBSGL modules"

"Guidance on different resources"

"Discussing challenging patients"

"Identifying and addressing learning needs"

Wednesday, 1 August 2018

Mock Recruitment - Wednesday 19th September 2018

Are you applying, or thinking about applying for GP Specialty Training for February 2019?

If so, this course is for you. You will spend an afternoon finding out what to expect at the Stage 3 Selection Centre of GP Recruitment and get an opportunity to do some hands-on practice in a safe and supportive environment.
The course will be held in Room 1&2, Forest Grove House on Wednesday 19th September from 1.30pm-4pm.
If you wish to attend, please e-mail Linda Crawford, Training Programme Leader at linda.crawford@nes.scot.nhs.uk