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RGPAS members are GPs from across rural Scotland.  It was previously in existence for 10 years as the Remote Practitioners’ Association of Scotland, and prior to that for around 30 years as The Inducement Practitioners’ Association, but was renamed RGPAS in December 2014 to reflect the increasingly recognised role of a rural GP.

The purpose of the Association is to further the educational and medico-political needs of its members. The educational activity is concentrated into the Annual Conference, and political issues discussed at the AGM. Medico-political issues are also dealt with throughout the year as the need arises, for instance: during recent years of New Contract negotiations, representatives of the RPAS have had a strong political voice.  Together with SGPC representatives they have resolved many contentious issues with relation to rural issues and the New Contract.

Members of RGPAS have a common aim which is to uphold and develop high quality rural medical services in their respective areas. Many of our members work in single-handed or small isolated Practices, and therefore the Association provides an invaluable link to others who are in the same sort of situation, with similar challenges and opportunities to innovate.

RGPAS is keen to extend its membership to any GP who feels they would benefit from joining.  In addition, we intend to make further opportunities available for students and trainees over the next few years.



David is a GP Principal on the Isle of Arran. He became Chair of RGPAS in 2016.

David Hogg


Alida is a GP Principal at the Kyles Medical Practice in Cowal. She joined the RGPAS committee in 2017.

Alida MacGregor

Vice Chair

Susan is a single handed GP in Hillswick Shetland. She teaches students, appraises GPs and is a GPWSI in paediatrics. She used to be a GP Trainer.

Susan Bowie


Kate is a GP Principal is a partner at Benbecula Medical Practice, with interests in frailty, dermatology and quality improvement science. She became Vice Secretary in 2017.

Kate Dawson

Vice Secretary

Malcolm is a GP Principal in Carradale, Kintyre and has been RGPAS Treasurer since 2009.

Malcolm Elder


Isla is a Sessional GP, working across rural Scotland. She became Membership Secretary in 2016.

Isla Hislop

Membership Secretary

Previous single-hander GP at the Mull-of-Kintyre. Now pursuing a portfolio career with research, student teaching, GP Appraisal and locums.

Jim Finlayson

Students Lead

Prof Phil is director of the University of Aberdeen’s Centre for Rural Health in Inverness.

Phil Wilson

Research Lead

Richard is a GP Principal in Ullapool.

Richard Weekes

Additional Member



Our constitution was updated, and accepted, in December 2016.

Membership Form

Full membership of RGPAS is open to all qualified rural GPs in Scotland - for only £20 per annum.