RCGP rural forum set for permanent status

A forum set up to boost representation of GPs in rural areas is likely to be formally recognised as a permanent part of the RCGP this month.

Dr Ward: The RCGP rural forum's aim is to ensure that policies affecting the profession were ‘rural-proofed’.
Dr Ward: The RCGP rural forum's aim is to ensure that policies affecting the profession were ‘rural-proofed’.

The RCGP UK council approved a two-year pilot of the RCGP rural forum in 2009.

Rural forum chairman Dr Malcolm Ward told GP it was set up to represent rural and remote general practitioners within the RCGP, and ensure that policies affecting the profession were ‘rural-proofed’.

The RCGP hoped the forum would ‘facilitate communication between rural doctors across the UK’, and handed it responsibility for supporting professional development of rural GPs.

The forum now has more than 600 members and is still growing, Dr Ward said.

‘This is already providing a useful platform for those college members and associates in training that share an interest in rural practice.’

The RCGP council will decide this month whether to grant the forum permanent status. An evaluation by the RCGP executive committee called for it to be approved.

The Rural Forum will hold its first national conference in Penrith, Cumbria, on 16 March. For details visit the RCGP website.

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