100% success in supporting GPs into a career in Rural General Practice
The Isle of Arran has hosted a highly successful GP Rural Fellowship Programme since 2002. The Arran GP fellowship offers qualified GPs a year of supported training in rural practice. The post is well suited to newly qualified GPs but it can also offer more experienced GPs a pathway into remote and rural practice.
In January 2015 we were featured on BBC Countryfile. We think it gives a helpful insight into the work we do here…
Experience island practice…
The unique mix of care offered on Arran provides an excellent environment for training in rural practice. You will be supported by and become a core part of an experienced team of clinicians delivering a wide spectrum of rural health care across the island. In addition to core general practice. there is a busy community hospital where we provide A&E, acute admissions, step-down rehabilitation and stabilisation & transfer of critically ill patients. The range of practice on the island offers a broad mix of learning opportunities.
You will be able to experience the satisfaction of working in a small community and learn about areas dispensing, working in remote branch surgeries and the generalist skills needed on an island. This is an exciting time to join the wider team on Arran as we are progressing well with the integration of health and social care teams, and the development of more joined-up care.
Here’s another video (featuring David again… he had a run of being in the spotlight!) about rural practice on Arran as featured as part of the RCGP #ThinkGP campaign a couple of years ago…
The key to a successful Fellowship seems to lie in flexibility and adapting the fellowship to suit each GP. Each individual comes with different sets of skills and this means the focus of training is different for each. Fellows are encouraged to develop generalist skills (mostly gained through work in the practices and hospital) and to use the generous study leave to develop their interests. Areas of special interest of the previous fellows have included GP ultrasound, minor surgery, sexual health, development of a Care of the Elderly Service and co-ordinated emergency care on the island.
The scheme is co-ordinated and part funded by NHS Education Scotland and there are regular meetings with other Rural Fellows from different areas within Scotland. The Fellow has a mentor on the Island and the support of the Rural Fellowship Coordinator to plan the best use of the post.
Meet the team
… or see this page here on who works at Arran Medical Group
Duties and Renumeration
Fellows work the same ‘full time’ equivalent of eight sessions per week. This means that if you have on-call (see below), you can have the next day off to rejuvenate. GP Fellows are expected to take an equitable share of the OOH rota, which at present is around 1:8.
Out of Hours shifts are paid separately to the Fellowship salary, in line with the rate for other GPs providing OOH on Arran.
We have over ten years’ experience of running GP Fellowships, and know what works to ensure that Fellows feel supported and enabled to make the year a success. We also recognise that every Fellow has different expectations an objectives, and being part of a wider practice team means that there is usually no difficulty in getting the time off required to attend training and other experience off-island. There are five ferries a day (double that during spring/summer) and we are only 2 hours from the ferry queue to Glasgow – by public transport or car.
All the previous Arran GP Fellows are happy to be contacted for advice or an informal chat – and you can make initial contact with Dr David Hogg or Dr Greg Hamill – our contact details are in the information pack. We would welcome anyone who would like to make a visit and this can be accommodated at the weekends as well as during the week.
If you are interested in finding out more, please contact David or Greg directly.