Mentoring for rural practice in Scotland
1. I am a...
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GP Partner
69.6%39
Salaried GP
8.9%5
GP Locum
19.6%11
Current Rural Fellow
1.8%1
Other (please specify)
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2. I am...
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Male 25-29 years 0.0%0
Male 30-39 years
8.6%5
Male 40-49 years
13.8%8
Male 50-54 years
12.1%7
Male 55-59 years
13.8%8
Male 60-65 years
6.9%4
Male 66+ years 0.0%0
Female 25-29 years 0.0%0
Female 30-39 years
6.9%4
Female 40-49 years
20.7%12
Female 50-54 years
6.9%4
Female 55-59 years
6.9%4
Female 60-65 years
3.4%2
Female 66+ years 0.0%0
Other (please specify)0
3. My main area of practice is in the following setting: (examples are a guide, but please select what you think most accurately describes your situation)...
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Remote & rural area (most islands, need helicopter/plane to access emergency secondary care facility)
39.0%23
Rural area (more than 60 minutes to access secondary care facility or M&S)
37.3%22
Semi-rural area (30-60 minutes to access secondary care facility or M&S)
22.0%13
Urban area
1.7%1
Other (please specify)
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4. I am a member of...
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RCGP
77.6%45
RPAS
55.2%32
BASICS Scotland
58.6%34
Scottish Association for Community Hospitals
5.2%3
BMA
86.2%50
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5. I do all/most of my GP work in...
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Orkney/Shetland
5.2%3
Outer Hebrides
5.2%3
Inner Hebrides
10.3%6
Mainland Highland
36.2%21
Grampian
5.2%3
Tayside/Perthshire
1.7%1
Central belt
1.7%1
Borders
1.7%1
Galloway
5.2%3
Mainland Ayrshire/Dumfries
6.9%4
Clyde Islands
3.4%2
Kintyre
1.7%1
Another area of the UK
12.1%7
Outside the UK
3.4%2
Other (please specify)
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6. I work in the following areas...
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Count
Daytime GP
94.8%55
Out of Hours
62.1%36
Community Hospital
31.0%18
Dispensing
56.9%33
Primary Care Research
10.3%6
Managing Education (e.g. NES, Postgrad Dean)
6.9%4
Government Department 0.0%0
Other (please specify)
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7. What educational activities have you or your practice provided in the last year?
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Medical student teaching placements (not electives)
78.4%29
Electives for students
40.5%15
Taster weeks for trainees (FY/GP/other)
16.2%6
GPST training
27.0%10
Ongoing mentoring for students/trainees interested in rural practice
10.8%4
Rural fellowship training
27.0%10
Highland School Medical Mentor Scheme
8.1%3
Other (please specify)
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8. I would enthusiastically recommend rural practice if speaking to a GP trainee today.
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Count
Yes
79.3%46
Not sure
19.0%11
No
1.7%1
9. Are you aware of the Dewar Report of 1912?
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Yes
88.1%52
No
11.9%7
10. In general, are you interested in providing mentoring support to trainees (GPST or FY) who are interested in rural practice? Please tick all that apply.
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Count
Yes - to current GPs
54.7%29
Yes - to GP trainees
69.8%37
Yes - to FY trainees
62.3%33
Yes - to medical students
66.0%35
Yes - to school pupils
28.3%15
No, not interested
17.0%9
11. Under what circumstances would you be willing to offer mentoring support to one or two interested trainees?
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 Sounds good - I'm keen to sign upThink it could be a good ideaI don't think this is a good use of my timeNot interestedRating
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Occasional email and phone contact for advice/discussion38.1% (16)45.2% (19)7.1% (3)9.5% (4)1.8842
Offer a taster visit for a few days and end the contact at that point26.3% (10)55.3% (21)5.3% (2)13.2% (5)2.0538
I would be flexible depending on the interest/needs of my mentee53.3% (24)37.8% (17)0.0% (0)8.9% (4)1.6445
Without remuneration (altruism!)30.2% (13)41.9% (18)14.0% (6)14.0% (6)2.1243
With a small fee to recognise the work involved45.0% (18)42.5% (17)0.0% (0)12.5% (5)1.8040
For individuals in my local area27.8% (10)55.6% (20)2.8% (1)13.9% (5)2.0336
For any individual47.6% (20)35.7% (15)2.4% (1)14.3% (6)1.8342
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12. Would you wish to have mentoring training prior to taking on a trainee?
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Yes, absolutely
15.6%7
Might be helpful, and I'd be happy to attend a half-day event for this
51.1%23
I would like some written guidance
20.0%9
Don't think this is necessary, I would be happy to start now
13.3%6
Other (please specify)
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13. What aspects of mentoring would you consider to be important to deliver?
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Careers advice44.4% (20)68.9% (31)45
Access to work experience/'taster' experience76.7% (33)32.6% (14)43
Potential to form early link for future recruitment to your practice/area65.9% (29)43.2% (19)44
Advice about educational aims (skills, courses, additional qualifications)58.1% (25)58.1% (25)43
Fostering ongoing positive motivation77.5% (31)35.0% (14)40
Acting as a general 'soundboard' for accessible advice75.6% (34)31.1% (14)45
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14. How do you think mentors/mentees should be matched?
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Make profiles available on a website and encourage mentees to make contact directly52.2% (24)28.3% (13)10.9% (5)8.7% (4)1.7646
Allocate to geographical area of interest23.9% (11)52.2% (24)17.4% (8)6.5% (3)2.0746
Someone central should try to match mentee needs with mentor characteristics from the outset19.6% (9)10.9% (5)54.3% (25)15.2% (7)2.6546
By random allocation and allocate around mentors equally4.3% (2)8.7% (4)17.4% (8)69.6% (32)3.5246
15. Do you think there is a role for videoconferencing in remote mentoring?
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I think this is innovative, and I can access a computer with this facility (Skype/FaceTime etc.)
37.0%17
I'm interested, but would need advice on how to set this up
26.1%12
No, it should be limited to phone and email
10.9%5
If mentor/mentee wanting to do this
26.1%12
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16. Who do you think should take responsibility for any mentoring project?
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Needs to be via GP Specialty Training (i.e. NHS Education for Scotland)
30.4%14
RCGP should organise this at faculty level
10.9%5
RCGP should organise this at (devolved) national level
2.2%1
I would like to see one of the interest groups (e.g. RPAS) provide this
28.3%13
Dont mind who does it, providing initial link is made
56.5%26
Other (please specify)
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17. If you are a GP Trainer, would you consider participating in a trainee exchange with an urban-based practice?
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Response
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Yes - four week exchange
2.0%1
Yes - two week exchange
4.1%2
Yes - one week exchange
2.0%1
Yes - needs to be negotiable
10.2%5
No - not interested
2.0%1
I'm not a GP Trainer
79.6%39
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18. If you were in charge of a budget of, say, £200,000 to *improve recruitment* in Scottish rural practice, what would your priorities be? There are quite a few answers here, but this is one of the most useful questions.
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Co-ordinate work experience opportunities for school pupils6.3% (3)6.3% (3)10.4% (5)10.4% (5)4.2% (2)14.6% (7)2.1% (1)10.4% (5)0.0% (0)6.3% (3)6.3% (3)4.2% (2)6.3% (3)4.2% (2)8.3% (4)7.4448
Develop rural scholarships to fund medical student electives in rural areas14.6% (7)10.4% (5)18.8% (9)12.5% (6)10.4% (5)4.2% (2)14.6% (7)4.2% (2)4.2% (2)4.2% (2)0.0% (0)2.1% (1)0.0% (0)0.0% (0)0.0% (0)4.5848
Increase exposure of rural practice to trainees22.9% (11)29.2% (14)12.5% (6)14.6% (7)8.3% (4)8.3% (4)2.1% (1)0.0% (0)0.0% (0)0.0% (0)2.1% (1)0.0% (0)0.0% (0)0.0% (0)0.0% (0)3.0648
Develop a mentoring programme to provide support to interested students/trainees4.2% (2)6.3% (3)12.5% (6)18.8% (9)14.6% (7)10.4% (5)16.7% (8)8.3% (4)6.3% (3)2.1% (1)0.0% (0)0.0% (0)0.0% (0)0.0% (0)0.0% (0)5.2548
Develop a rural recruitment team to help provide videos and other 'innovative' media0.0% (0)4.2% (2)0.0% (0)2.1% (1)20.8% (10)16.7% (8)4.2% (2)12.5% (6)8.3% (4)8.3% (4)6.3% (3)2.1% (1)6.3% (3)4.2% (2)4.2% (2)8.0448
Encourage older 'urban' GPs to consider moving2.1% (1)6.3% (3)2.1% (1)4.2% (2)6.3% (3)4.2% (2)16.7% (8)2.1% (1)10.4% (5)8.3% (4)10.4% (5)8.3% (4)6.3% (3)8.3% (4)4.2% (2)8.7948
Develop the golden hello payments for younger GPs6.3% (3)2.1% (1)4.2% (2)6.3% (3)0.0% (0)4.2% (2)14.6% (7)20.8% (10)8.3% (4)6.3% (3)10.4% (5)6.3% (3)4.2% (2)6.3% (3)0.0% (0)8.1048
Make a TV documentary on rural practice6.3% (3)0.0% (0)2.1% (1)0.0% (0)0.0% (0)4.2% (2)6.3% (3)12.5% (6)8.3% (4)6.3% (3)8.3% (4)10.4% (5)10.4% (5)14.6% (7)10.4% (5)10.3148
Negotiate a specific GP contract for rural practice27.1% (13)4.2% (2)12.5% (6)4.2% (2)2.1% (1)2.1% (1)2.1% (1)6.3% (3)12.5% (6)8.3% (4)8.3% (4)2.1% (1)4.2% (2)4.2% (2)0.0% (0)6.0248
Improve support for dispensing practices0.0% (0)10.4% (5)8.3% (4)6.3% (3)4.2% (2)12.5% (6)4.2% (2)4.2% (2)14.6% (7)16.7% (8)6.3% (3)8.3% (4)4.2% (2)0.0% (0)0.0% (0)7.5048
Support merging of practices e.g. developing federated models4.2% (2)0.0% (0)4.2% (2)2.1% (1)6.3% (3)4.2% (2)2.1% (1)4.2% (2)8.3% (4)10.4% (5)16.7% (8)12.5% (6)8.3% (4)8.3% (4)8.3% (4)9.9248
Encourage more partnership posts in rural/remote areas4.2% (2)2.1% (1)4.2% (2)8.3% (4)6.3% (3)2.1% (1)8.3% (4)0.0% (0)10.4% (5)6.3% (3)8.3% (4)18.8% (9)14.6% (7)6.3% (3)0.0% (0)9.0648
Encourage more salaried posts in rural/remote areas0.0% (0)10.4% (5)2.1% (1)4.2% (2)6.3% (3)4.2% (2)4.2% (2)6.3% (3)6.3% (3)4.2% (2)8.3% (4)6.3% (3)16.7% (8)14.6% (7)6.3% (3)9.5848
Advertise to doctors outside the UK2.1% (1)0.0% (0)0.0% (0)0.0% (0)4.2% (2)0.0% (0)2.1% (1)0.0% (0)0.0% (0)2.1% (1)2.1% (1)12.5% (6)12.5% (6)22.9% (11)39.6% (19)13.0848
Improve support and training for rural community hospital work0.0% (0)8.3% (4)6.3% (3)6.3% (3)6.3% (3)8.3% (4)0.0% (0)8.3% (4)2.1% (1)10.4% (5)6.3% (3)6.3% (3)6.3% (3)6.3% (3)18.8% (9)9.2548
19. Following on from the last question, do you have any other specific ideas or comments?
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20. Do you think there is a role for social media in improving networks for rural practitioners?
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 Yes - and I currently use for this purposeYes - tell me how to do thisYes - but not for meNo - it's not good for thisNot interestedRating
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Response
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Twitter9.3% (4)11.6% (5)27.9% (12)14.0% (6)37.2% (16)3.5843
LinkedIn5.0% (2)10.0% (4)20.0% (8)22.5% (9)42.5% (17)3.8840
Facebook6.8% (3)13.6% (6)27.3% (12)20.5% (9)31.8% (14)3.5744
Youtube2.3% (1)14.0% (6)30.2% (13)20.9% (9)32.6% (14)3.6743
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