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Centre of Excellence meeting and progress

The Remote and Rural Healthcare Educational Alliance (RRHEAL), NHS Education for Scotland (NES) are working to support NHS Highland in developing the Centre of Excellence programme of work as part of their statutory role in leading and coordinating remote and rural healthcare education developments across NHS Scotland.


The first meeting of partners from across the community, education and training agencies was held on 26th November in Skye and by video conference links.


Those attending included Skye & Lochalsh Community members University of Highlands and Islands (UHI), Scottish Ambulance Service (SAS) and NES Medical Directorate, NES RRHEAL Directorate, NES Clinical Skills Managed Educational Network, NHS 24 ,University of Glasgow and NHS Highland.


This group of key remote and rural education/ training, service and community partners agreed to work together as a multi-agency working group that will assist in shaping and designing the detail of the CoE proposal with NHS Highland.


RRHEAL NHS Scotland will support the group to identify the priority multi agency educational and training needs that will support improved and sustainable service delivery and the opportunities that the innovative CoE may provide to meet these needs.


The intention is to both pull together existing remote and rural education expertise and resources and to specify the gaps in current provision that will require additional funding to support new programmes of development through an effective CoE collaboration.


The group highlighted the following key points;


  • This group involved central collaborators and suggestions for Scottish Fire and Rescue and consideration and AHPs to also be represented on the group.

  • A lot of work already exists –need to bring it all together

  • Communication and engagement to be a key consideration at the next meeting

  • A series of working meetings will be arranged and coordinated by RRHEAL.

  • It is recognized that this is a longer term programme of work to realise the opportunities started by discussion to date and will involve development of a staged programme of work.

A PDF regarding the report can be found within the 'Resources' section of this website.