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2nd Rethinking Remote International Conference, 24-25 May, Inverness


Media Release on behalf of the Scottish Rural Health Partnership    

Date: 25 April 2018 

Sharing innovative solutions in remote and rural communities healthcare provision

Professionals from industry, health, the public sector and academia, with a common interest in remote and rural communities healthcare, will be in Inverness on the 24th and 25th May for Rethinking Remote 2018. This is the second conference hosted by the Scottish Rural Health Partnership following a successful inaugural event in 2016.  

The conference attracts a wide group of domestic and international contributors and delegates and this year welcomes participation from Norway, Australia, Canada, Channel Islands, Finland, Germany, Russian Federation, Tanzania, United States of America, England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland. 

Five principal themes relevant to remote healthcare feature in this year’s programme:

  • Emergency Management and Pre-hospital Care
  • Education and Professional Support
  • Community Engagement
  • Technology (including drones, robots, satellites and remote diagnosis and communication)
  • Community care (including physical and mental health and wellbeing)

Healthcare delivery in remote and rural locations presents many challenges and its success has a bearing on several outcomes including public health, the resilience of health professionals and populations, the sustainability of economic activity, recruitment and retention and community vibrancy. 

The conference will look at how industry and not-for-profit organisations can collaborate to improve healthcare provision and delivery through technology innovations, shared best practice, better access to services and new educational networks and pathways. 

Mr Bill McKerrow, Chair of the Scottish Rural Health Partnership and Associate Postgraduate Dean, North, The Scotland Deanery, NHS Education for Scotland said: 

“This multidisciplinary conference will have something for all professionals interested in remote and rural healthcare. We will explore technological advances in remote healthcare, supporting community initiatives in healthcare, education and training for the broad but demanding role of providing high quality care distant from immediate support and the developments in communication to allow this to happen. We will also hear about current thinking on immediate care of medical emergencies in remote areas and the technological advances in delivering this. It is a unique opportunity to share ideas and innovative thinking across a wide range of people involved in all aspects of looking after the health needs of communities in Scotland and throughout the world.” 

Professor Sandra MacRury, Chair of the Scientific Committee, Scottish Rural Health Partnership, and Head of Rural Health and Wellbeing at the University of the Highlands and Islands said: 

"We are privileged to have a global range of excellent speakers, experts in their field supported by a superb mix of workshop teams to address conference delegates and provide insight into issues and solutions surrounding remote and rural healthcare.

We are also delighted that this year's conference has attracted a large number of high quality abstract submissions from individuals working in research, education and innovation around the world, keen to contribute to knowledge exchange in remote and rural healthcare and compete for oral presentation and poster prizes." 

Plenary Speaker,Paul Gowens, Programme Director for Clinical Service Transformation at Scottish Ambulance Service said:

"The contribution of all our staff in rural Scotland is changing to meet the needs of our patients and partners, across the whole of health and social care. The Scottish Ambulance Service is delighted to be part of the conference and welcomes the opportunity to listen to and continue to work collaboratively with partners and local communities in remote and rural areas for the benefit of patients and their families." 

Gold Sponsor, The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, Professor John L Duncan OBE, Vice-President, The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, said: 

“Providing healthcare in Remote environments is important in the context, not only of Scotland, but globally. As a College with global reach, the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh is pleased to support ‘Rethinking Remote’. Our Faculty of Pre-hospital Care aims to improve standards for healthcare professionals in diverse non-hospital environments. This meeting will significantly further that aim.” 

Gold Sponsor, Dr Alistair Fraser, Vice President Health, Royal Dutch Shell, said:

“This is a critical emerging area of health care where not only technology, but new delivery systems and perhaps even more importantly, new mindsets can lead to better health outcomes for people living and working in Remote and Rural areas. Many aspects health delivery were developed in urban and tertiary hospital settings. There is a real opportunity to optimise these for remote and rural. This conference offers a great opportunity to innovate, learn, share and network for all health professionals globally.” 


Reference: PR2018-009


Further Information From

Henrietta Forman

Secretariat for the Rethinking Remote International Conference 24 – 25.5.18

T: 01315555833      M: 07720837683



Note to Editors


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