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Conference 2010: Rural Forum Update


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Malcolm Ward presented the latest information from the RCGP Rural Forum at the RCGP Conference in Harrogate, October 2010.

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Conference 2010: Rural Forum Update

  1. 1. The RCGP Rural Forum Annual Report Harrogate conference 2010 Dr Malcolm Ward
  2. 4. RCGP Rural Practice Standing Group <ul><li>The Rural Practice Group was founded in 1993 to raise the profile of rural medicine in the United Kingdom through education, research and the dissemination of good practice in rural health care. </li></ul>
  3. 5. The Rural Forum is born <ul><li>February 2009 UK Council votes against NG Faculty (33:17) </li></ul><ul><li>Voted for Rural Forum: (44 for, 0 against, 5 abstentions) </li></ul><ul><li>Launch Glasgow November Conference </li></ul><ul><li>2009 </li></ul>
  4. 6. Overall aims of the Rural forum <ul><li>To represent rural and remote general practitioners within the RCGP with the potential to promote rural issues within and outwith the College faculties and be the rural face of the College </li></ul><ul><li>To encourage engagement with the College of those fellows/members working in rural practice. </li></ul><ul><li>To facilitate communication between and networking of rural doctors across the UK. </li></ul><ul><li>To support the professional development of rural general practitioners, with particular reference to the required knowledge, skills and attitudes of a general practitioner to care for patients in a rural setting. </li></ul><ul><li>To promote rural practice and support associates in training with particular reference to the required knowledge, skills and attitudes. </li></ul><ul><li>To promote rural practice as a career path for associates in training and through the College strive to ensure availability of appropriate training. </li></ul><ul><li>To promote remote and rural issues at appropriate level, engaging with the profession, managers and informing political debate. </li></ul><ul><li>Democratic infrastructure </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul>
  5. 7. Membership benefits <ul><li>Belonging to a Forum which specifically represents the interests of rural practitioners in the care of their patients at all levels. </li></ul><ul><li>Once a Forum membership/constituency is established a democratic representative structure can be created. </li></ul><ul><li>A virtual system of communication via E-communication and web based facilities. </li></ul><ul><li>Opportunity to comment on, and influence College policy. </li></ul><ul><li>Opportunity to influence College interaction with other relevant </li></ul><ul><li>agencies where their policies and initiatives may impact upon rural healthcare. E.g. SAS consultation, Scottish OOH consultation </li></ul><ul><li>E-learning: sign posting, rural modules, ?CD-ROM option </li></ul>
  6. 8. Achievements?
  7. 9. HQ <ul><li>Mrs Paula Lythgoe </li></ul><ul><li>Rural & Remote Administrator </li></ul><ul><li>RCGP Cumbria Faculty </li></ul><ul><li>Education Centre </li></ul><ul><li>West Cumberland Hospital </li></ul><ul><li>Whitehaven </li></ul><ul><li>Cumbria </li></ul><ul><li>CA28 8JG </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Telephone No:  01946 590169 </li></ul><ul><li>Fax No:  01946 692904 </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>E-mail Address:  [email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul>
  8. 10. Democracy RF Steering Group Election
  9. 11. Retiring members: <ul><li>John Elder (Lincs) </li></ul><ul><li>Paul Kettle (Orkney) </li></ul><ul><li>Susan Taylor (RPAS) </li></ul>
  10. 12. Incoming members <ul><li>Angharad Edwards (Wales) </li></ul><ul><li>Kristian Mears (England) </li></ul><ul><li>Steve McCabe (Portree, Scotland) </li></ul>
  11. 13. Steering Group 2010-2011 <ul><li>Elected </li></ul><ul><li>Chris Clarke (Devon) </li></ul><ul><li>A Edwards (Wales) </li></ul><ul><li>Rob Lambourne (Cumbira) </li></ul><ul><li>Krystian Mears </li></ul><ul><li>Malcolm Ward (Derbysh’) </li></ul><ul><li>John Wynne-Jones (Powys,Wales) </li></ul><ul><li>Co-opted </li></ul><ul><li>Aidan Egleston (DDA) </li></ul><ul><li>David Hogg (First 5) </li></ul><ul><li>? (AiT) </li></ul><ul><li>Jayne Randall-Smith (IRH) </li></ul><ul><li>Russell Walshaw (GPC) </li></ul>
  12. 14. RFSG: How we work <ul><li>Email: weekly to daily </li></ul><ul><li>Small group Skype sessions </li></ul><ul><li>Teleconferencing </li></ul><ul><li>Face to face: 3 per year </li></ul>
  13. 15. Revalidation: concerns of rural practices: <ul><li>Discussions with College and GMC </li></ul><ul><li>Multi source feedback (MSF) </li></ul><ul><li>Clinical audits </li></ul><ul><li>Significant Event Auditing (SEA) </li></ul><ul><li>Learning Credits. </li></ul>
  14. 16. Phased introductory requirements Evidence Yr 1 (2010-11) Yr 2 (2011-12) Yr 3 (2012-13) Yr 4 (2013-14) Yr 5 (2014-15) Role description Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Exceptional circumstances Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Evidence of appraisals one two three four five PDPs one two three four five PDP reviews - one two three four Learning credits 50 or CPD 50 100 150 200 MSFs - 0ne MSF OR one one two Patient surveys - one PS one one two Review of complaints from 2009/10 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes SEAs one two three four five Clinical audits - one one two two Probity/Health statement Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
  15. 17. Responding to consultations <ul><li>Scottish Ambulance Service: “Our future strategy” </li></ul><ul><li>“ Your choice of GP practice” (practice boundaries) </li></ul><ul><li>GMC Revalidation </li></ul><ul><li>Control of Entry regulation Scotland </li></ul><ul><li>The White Paper: “Commissioning for patients ” </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul>
  16. 18. Networking with other agencies <ul><li>College hierarchy </li></ul><ul><li>GPC </li></ul><ul><li>GMC </li></ul><ul><li>IRH </li></ul><ul><li>RPAS </li></ul><ul><li>Euripa </li></ul><ul><li>DDA </li></ul><ul><li>BASICs </li></ul>
  17. 19. Rural Forum web page <ul><li> </li></ul>
  18. 20. <ul><li>Rural blog: </li></ul><ul><li>Independent of RCGP but RF associated </li></ul><ul><li>Rural GP resource and central portal to other resources </li></ul><ul><li>ruralgpgooglegroup </li></ul><ul><li>Independent of RCGP but RF associated </li></ul><ul><li>Popular discussion forum for rural GPs </li></ul>
  19. 23. What’s changed? <ul><li>cleaner design </li></ul><ul><li>- quicker to load </li></ul><ul><li>- easier to manage </li></ul><ul><li>- more info on career advice - with more to come </li></ul><ul><li>- previously was prohibited by some NHS firewalls - this should be less of a problem </li></ul>
  20. 24. Membership <ul><li>England – 209 members </li></ul><ul><li>Northern Ireland – 11 members </li></ul><ul><li>Scotland – 125 members </li></ul><ul><li>Wales – 31 members </li></ul><ul><li>7 international members </li></ul><ul><li>Total: 383 (+ 30-40 conference recruits!) </li></ul>
  21. 25. Membership <ul><li>The Rural Forum is open to all RCGP Members, Fellows, and Associates in Training who declare an interest in rural general practice and signal their wish to join. </li></ul>
  22. 26. You need the Rural Forum and the Rural Forum needs you!