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Applications open for one-year GP rural fellowships

Scheme aims to improve rural recruitment and retention

March 23rd 2021

Tagged: HR Zone news Rurality

By Ailsa Colquhoun

Applications are open for one-year GP Rural Fellowships in Scotland until April 15, 2021. The fellowships represent an opportunity for doctors who have recently completed their general practice specialty training to work in Scotland to develop the generalist skills required to work in remote areas. Two distinct fellowship options and one hybrid option are included from August 2021:
  • The ‘standard’ GP Rural Fellowship option based on the curriculum for rural practice developed by the Remote and Rural Training Pathways Group (GP sub-group Final Report Sept 2007).
  • The GP Acute Care Rural Fellowship option based on the GP Acute Care Competencies work following from the agreement of the Framework for the Sustainability of Services and the Medical Workforce in Remote Acute Care Community Hospitals.
Successful candidates will have an interest in experiencing remote and rural practice. They will gain experience by working in remote and/ or rural general practice (for the ‘standard’ option) or hospital practice (for the acute care option) as well as in a ‘base practice’ in a rural area. The fellowship year includes 13 weeks of protected time and a generous financial allowance to support a flexible, individually tailored learning programme based on the fellow’s individual needs. Posts will be available from August 2021 in a variety of rural locations across Scotland (details of locations with post descriptors available online. Application and interviews will also be online. For further information please contact the fellowship coordinator Dr Gillian Clarke and follow the Rural Fellowship Facebook page at, In 2016 a major study into the rural fellowship scheme showed that it was achieving its primary aim of persuading newly-qualified doctors that remote and rural general practice was a viable and rewarding career option.