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New BASICS Courses - Cardiac Tele-Education and Team Provider MIMMS

We are delighted to announce the arrival of our brand new Cardiac Tele-Education course, which starts in October 2024.  Please get in touch to register your interest at 

We are delighted to announce the arrival of our brand new Team Provider MIMMS course taking place on 14 June 2024.  Please get in touch to register your interest at 

Women's Health Masterclass 2
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Please see below link to flyer for distribution via your networks, departments, or colleagues for the upcoming webinar that the Women, Children, Young People, and Families (WCYPF) team at NHS Education for Scotland will be hosting in association with the Scottish Government.

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The second Women’s Health Masterclass webinar focusing on Endometriosis:  Identifying and Managing Symptoms, will take place via Microsoft Teams webinar on Wednesday 20th March 2024 between 13:30 and 15:00.

Please note that this webinar will no longer be recorded.  However, a copy of the PowerPoint presentation will be made available after the webinar along with any resources which may be shared on the day.

Registration can be completed via the link below or QR code on the flyer.

Webinar Registration Link  

Approved GMC Rural and Remote credential curricula

We are very pleased to inform you that the GMC confirmed yesterday the rural and remote credential has been published on the GMC website.  This is a significant milestone for the credential team and we are excited to move to the delivery stage.

For more information, see GMC website (Credentialing for doctors project - GMC (

Valuing Place in Choosing to Move to and Stay in Rural Practice: Workshop

On Monday February 20th 2023 the RRHEAL Team at NHS Education for Scotland in collaboration with research colleagues from the University of Aberdeen hosted a workshop titled ‘Valuing Place in Choosing to Move to and Stay in Rural Practice: A workshop looking at recent research and exploring interventions’. The session discussed Chief Scientist Office-funded research carried out by the team at the University of Aberdeen into enhancing recruitment and retention of rural doctors in Scotland, as well as a more recent study funded by the NIHR on community-led initiatives to improve recruitment and retention in remote and rural areas.

Rural Research Project Funding Success!

Rural USA and Scotland Collaboration

We have been successful in our project grant application and NES Rural will be collaborating with UoA CHERI and Medical Centre Georgia to complete this exciting project.

“This funding is intended to invite and support multidisciplinary collaborative partnerships that investigate issues around access to care, experiential learning and connectivity in rural communities,” MacKinnon said. “These four funded projects reflect a mix of new collaborations and building from previous research. I look forward to hearing these groups speak about their project at the Fall 2023 Converge Rural Health Symposium.”

“Converge continues to grow, and last year’s presentations featured an impressive collection of speakers and researchers from the different partners,” Kelehear said. “Dr. MacKinnon and I are very excited to be able to support these four research projects that show true collaboration and innovation between researchers from not only different universities, but different backgrounds and disciplines, as well. This grant program reflects our investment in rural health, and we look forward to collaboratively working together with the universities in Scotland to find some solutions to the issues we both face.”

While health care in Scotland compared to Georgia can be different on many levels, the two regions share in the persistent challenges of educating for rural health care contexts and of supporting health care professionals once they are in the region, Kelehear said

The following application has been awarded a $10,000 grant from the Office of the Provost at Augusta University:

“How can hybrid healthcare education drive change in remote, rural, and island practice?” submitted by Denise Kornegay, associate dean and executive director of Area Health Education Centers at MCG, and Anita Laidlaw, director of the University of Aberdeen’s Center for Healthcare Education and Research and NHS Education for Scotland Rural Team.

New neonatal cooling education resources for babies suffering a lack of oxygen during birth

RRHEAL have worked in collaboration with colleagues in the medicine, NMAHP, clinical skills and digital directorates as well as external partners to produce new educational resources to support The Scottish Neuroprotection Care Pathway. This work ensures the prompt and accurate assessment of asphyxiated babies for therapeutic hypothermia.

Hypoxic-ischaemic encephalopathy (HIE) is defined when a lack of oxygen and blood flow to the brain results in a change in neurological behaviour and this may result in permanent brain injury. Therapeutic hypothermia is a protective treatment for some babies, when started within the six hours after birth.

NES has partnered with clinical experts from The Scottish Cooling Group, The Scottish Perinatal Clinical Network and the PEEPS parents' charity to produce animated videos to complement these new educational resources.

Three videos have been developed to support nursing and medical teams in neurological examination, and in parent communication both at diagnosis and for prognosis.

Visit the Scottish Neuroprotection Care Pathway (NCP) for Infants with Hypoxic-Ischaemic Encephalopathy (HIE) Turas site for more information and to watch the videos.

Illustration of a newborn baby

This project to develop these educational resources has developed at pace to deliver a high quality product to support excellent care within NHS Scotland and beyond. And it has drawn on the strengths and capabilities within our in digital, RRHEAL and NMAHP and digital teams.

Pam Nicoll, Programme Director RRHEAL
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Impact of perimenopause and menopause on NHS workers

Please share this link for a survey to anyone working in the NHS.

Award presented to RRHEAL at the Rural Health and Care Wales (RHCW) Conference November 2021
Rural Health and Care Wales Conference 2021

Rural Health and Care Wales Conference 2021




For full view of the poster please click on the image to the right and open in browser

Trish Gray Senior Specialist Lead and Claire Savage, Senior Projects Lead, RRHEAL, submitted a poster to the Rural Health and Care Conference 2021 conference in the Recruitment, Retention and New Roles, Education, Training and Development in Rural Areas categories.

The poster entitled “A Multidisciplinary Rural Advanced Practice Education Pathway” was one of 24 entries. It scored highly in the Poster evaluation competition and was awarded second place. The conference organisers commented "Congratulations - the standard of entry in this year’s competition was extremely high therefore to come second is a great achievement."

Emergency management of children and young people (EMCYP)

In support of the Emergency Care Framework for Children and Young People in Scotland (2006), NHS Education for Scotland (NES) has developed a stimulating and interactive e-learning resource for all staff who care for children and young people (CYP) within NHS Scotland. The aim is to increase staff confidence using a rapid systematic approach to the assessment and management of CYP, ensuring quality care for CYP and their families.

The resource was developed in partnership with clinicians in practice and supports the changing needs of the NHS workforce. The e-learning modules are available on Turas, therefore the content is accessible to a diverse workforce, including those working within remote and rural locations. The modules will take approximately 3 hours to complete in total.

The resource consists of 4 modules:

Module 1 - ABCDE assessment and management

Module 2 - Safe transfer/retrieval of CYP to other facilities/wards for ongoing care

Module 3 - Scenario based learning

Module 4 - Paediatric trauma

Near Me Team Learning Needs Survey

Near Me is a free on-line video appointment service for health and care. Since Covid-19 it has been used to deliver over one million appointments. An Independent Evaluation 2021 (available here) recommended ongoing peer support and training. Therefore, we would like to identify the learning needs of clinicians and care staff working in health and social care across Scotland. This will allow us to work with professional bodies and others to develop and deliver appropriate support. 

The Near Me Team would be grateful if you would consider completing the Learning Needs Survey QuestBack (if appropriate) which should take about five to ten minutes to complete. Please share widely with your local and national networks.