How welcoming everyone was from the moment we arrived. It was also clear that everyone was interested in our views about different topics since we will (hopefully!) be the next generation of rural GPs in a few years time.
Great conference, will be attending again and will be recommending it to colleagues. An excellent insight into the world of rural GP.
Opportunites to network, gain insight into rural practice and also the welcome. Felt very much at home and my opinions were considered as equal! Well done.
Everyone was incredibly friendly and there was a strong impression that people were genuinely interested in what we had to say. The level of enthusiasm and passion shown by everyone was truly inspiring.
The Rural GP Association of Scotland is an organisation whose membership comprises General Practitioners 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.
Angus is a GP Principal on the Isle of Islay. He became Secretary of RGPAS in 2016.
Malcolm is a GP Principal in Carradale, Kintyre.
Isla is a Sessional GP, working across the Highlands of Scotland and beyond. She became Membership Secretary in 2016.
Chris is a Sessional GP, working across the Highlands of Scotland.