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Rural Practice is full of innovation… be inspired!

Some of the best clinical innovations have come from rural practice.

Often driven by resource limitations, an expert generalist overview or by close relations with the local community (and all the skills and creativity that is to be found there), rural healthcare has come up with procedures, interventions and population health measures that have gone on to be replicated across regions and counties.


We are keen to hear what rural innovations have inspired and impacted on your own practice.

You can email yours (with references and images if possible) to

In this section…

Thinking about becoming a rural GP?

Find out more at these external links…

RGPAS Conferences

2017 Conference


#RGPAS17 will take place on

2-4 November 2017

at the

Craigmonie Hotel in Inverness.

More details will be posted around May/June 2017.

Hope to see you there!


Great ideas

Many of us have benefited from sharing of pathways, protocols and other work. RGPAS is keen to encourage and facilitate collaboration.   We have therefore launched the RGPAS Great Ideas Bank to showcase useful resources which can be downloaded and adapted for local use.

Please give full credit of the original work in any adapted versions that you use in your local setting.  RGPAS, nor the original authors, can accept clinical responsibility for implementation of these resources – that responsibility lies with those who are adapting these resources for their own use.

If you have a resource to share, you can email it to and we’ll add it to this section.

Wish list

There is a huge amount of grass-roots experience amongst RGPAS members.  RGPAS is keen to improve how we can identify key aspects of rural clinical and non-clinical practice (including student teaching, GP training) that could be improved with a bit of innovation and thought.

This area can also be used to highlight potential areas for research.

We encourage anyone – but particularly RGPAS members – to submit ideas for consideration.  These will also be used to inform our representations to various national bodies – including the BMA, NHS Education for Scotland and the Scottish Government.

Latest Great Ideas
Latest Wish List items