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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Wednesday, 3 October 2018

Introverts vs. Extroverts at GPST day release...
The world is full of noise and those that are the loudest are the ones we tend to follow but what about the quiet ones? Author Susan Cain shines a spotlight on ...

To start GPST Day Release today we watched the animated video clip based on Susan Cain's TED talk on introversion.

She argues that modern society often undervalues the introvert and favours the extrovert especially in teams and small groups.

There were several heads nodding in agreement today but also a healthy debate with those who considered themselves more extrovert.

Rather than considering these as conflicting traits, there was the feeling that the distinction lies in where you draw your energy from.

Introverts tend to require privacy to think and reflect whereas extroverts prefer connecting with people and doing their thinking aloud.

Managing these traits in groupwork can be challenging but rewarding for all  when successful.

We'll keep this conversation going over the coming weeks.