Wednesday, 29 April 2015

"Best Powder Snow in The World!"

Photo courtesy of Glencoe Resort
Love your skiing or snowboarding?  Thinking of doing GP Specialty Training?  Why not come to the North of Scotland?  Our Rural Track program has snowsports on the doorstep, even in May as evidenced by this article on the BBC website. Glencoe is less than an hour's drive from both Oban and Fort William, two of the centres on our Rural program.

A snowsports centre in Scotland has been described as having the "best powder snow on the planet".

The conditions at Glencoe Mountain Resort, which are highly sought after by skiers and snowboarders, followed heavy snowfalls over the last few days.  Snowaction magazine has rated the centre as having the best powder snow of any of the world's ski resorts at the moment.

The last day of skiing at Glencoe for the 2014-15 season is 4 May.The resort has had heavy snowfalls since the weekendA snowsports magazine has hailed the conditions at Glencoe

A spokesperson for Glencoe Mountain said: "Conditions for this time of year are truly exceptional.
The conditions are more like what you would expect on a midwinter.  Normally by the May weekend we are skiing on large patches of snow."

Scottish isles in UK top ten destinations

Scotland has dominated the latest league table of the UK's top ten island destinations.

Jersey was top but Arran, Skye, Orkney, Lewis and Harris have also all been honoured in TripAdvisor's annual Travellers' Choice awards.

In the UK and Channel Isles category, Scotland scooped the most awards with Isle of Arran in fourth place, Isle of Skye fifth, Mainland Orkney sixth, Lewis and Harris in eighth place.

We have island training practices linked to our Caledonian and Rural Track programs.  Portree on Skye is linked to the Caledonian program whilst Western Isles, Orkney and Shetland all feature on our rural track program.  So why not come and train in some of the most stunning landscapes in the UK?

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

2015 Round 2 Rotations Finalised

We can now confirm the rotations we are offering in round 2 of recruitment for 2015.  All our Grampian and Caledonian 3 year program slots are filled.  We do however have:-
For more details of the specific rotations please go to

Post CCT GP Fellowships

Training does not need to finish with your CCT. In Scotland we offer a number of opportunities for you to continue your career development beyond GPST.  We have mentioned the North of Scotland Career Start scheme on this blog on a number of occasions.  As well as the  Career Start scheme there is also a Scotland wide GP Fellowship scheme.  These are one-year posts in a range of locations across the country with a focus on Rural Practice, Health Inequalities, Medical Education and Occupational Medicine. These posts are recruited to each Spring, and the 2015 recruitment round opens on 2nd April 2015, with the closing date of 23rd April 2015.

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Margaret McCartney: General practice is still the best job in the world

Dunnottar Castle Sunrise
It's official!  GP is still the best job in the world as stated by Margaret McCartney in her blog in last weeks BMJ.

"Despite political inference, wasteful awareness campaigns, misleading advertisements, poor evidence, and ridiculous media stories, general practice is still the best job in the world. GPs witness the life stories of individuals and families unfolding in real time."

For the full article go to

You have two days left to get your application in for GP Specialty Training.  Applications close tomorrow 9th April 2015. So why not take that all important first step towards the best job in the world? 

Wednesday, 1 April 2015

The Challenge of Combining General Practice with Hospital Medicine

Interested in General Practice but like the challenge of some aspects of hospital medicine?
Unsure about whether to apply for a training program in GP or a Specialty?

Have you considered a post in Rural GP Training?