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Scottish training takes the RAP

New education model developed to support rural advanced practice

May 28th 2021

Tagged: Clinical Zone news Scotland Rurality

By Ailsa Colquhoun

NHS Education for Scotland (NES) and the Scottish Rural Medicine Collaborative (SRMC) and have developed an education model for the delivery of Rural Advanced Practitioners (RAP).

Rural Advanced Practitioners (APs) are nurses, midwives and allied health professionals with extended skills. RAP will provide the skills to offer independent health and wellbeing support, and reduce inequality in healthcare in rural and remote locations, and in all age groups.

The model defines the role, the education requirements and mechanisms of support for the RAP role, and training is expected to be available from January 2022.

NES reports that over 930,000 people in Scotland live in rural areas, some 17 per cent of Scotland’s population. Distance to healthcare services and recruitment and retention of healthcare professionals are unique challenges in the delivery of remote and rural healthcare services.

For more information on RAP, emailĀ rrheal@nes.scot.nhs.uk