The Annual Rural Primary Care Conference has been an established fixture in the medical education calender for over twenty years. Orgininating as the ‘Rural Docs’ conference for rural GPs, the conference has developed into an event that now encompasses all primary care practitioners and general practice managers. The conference was set up by a group of GPs (The Montgomeryshire Medical Society) who felt that the educational needs of rural GPs were not being addressed adequately. The conference soon developed to the point that they were unable to manage its organisation and Ann Whale became the Conference Coordinator. IRH now manages the running of the conference in conjunction with the Medical Society, who determine the clinical content of the programme and act as conference Chairs.
The conference also offers special reduced rates for Trainee doctors and the IRH and MMS are grateful for the support from the Wales Deanery that enables this. Maintaining a rural medical workforce is a core aim of the IRH and the introduction to rural practice that the conference offers is often the first time that Trainee doctors experience rural general practice. For more information, contact Ann Whale.