News January 2020

Posted: January 13th 2020


Our programme of seminars for 2020 is now largely complete. We have a meeting in Northallerton on Barriers to Access – Connectivity and rural transport on 15 January. I know this is super short notice but you are very welcome to join us its at the offices of North Yorkshire County Council from 11.30 to 2.30 with lunch!

Our second seminar is in Stafford at the Borough Council Offices on 24 of February – a bit more time to put this in your diary! We have presentations from the VCS sector on their role in supporting an inclusive rural health and care agenda and from Rachel Robinson the DPH at Shropshire about the way rurality impacts on the public health function. Timing is 11.30 – 2.30 and you can book by contacting


Rural Health Proofing Toolkit

Progress with this is good. We had our first Steering Group meeting on 8 December in London. We hope to be able to identify some areas which would be prepared to pilot the effectiveness of the toolkit after Easter. If you would be interested to learn more please contact me at


Funding Digest

Kay Purle our research lead has profiled some useful funding opportunities for you to consider this month. She is gradually working her way through a wide list of relevant sources of support and for this month she suggests:

Mental Health Research UK

A charity supporting research into mental health issues. They fund research into the underlying causes of mental health problems and treatments for mental health problems. They fund one round of competitive PhD scholarships per year, with a closing date for applications in mid-June. More information on their scholarships can be found here:


Parliamentary Inquiry

Now that we have a fully functioning Parliament again the Rural Health and Care APPG is being re-birthed. This will give us the opportunity to push on with the next stage of the Parliamentary Inquiry into Rural Health and Care.  We have a provisional date of 28 February and the theme of the session will be:

Structural challenges of fitting current delivery models into a rural setting with different needs and challenges

If you’d like to come along to observe and offer your views please drop me an email at:


Research Priorities

Rural Mental Health has been identified by the National Centre Membership as a key priority.  We are holding a teleconference to explore how we can work together to develop a rural overview of the issues. This is being coordinated by Kay Purle our research lead. Its on 3 February and you can join by zoom. If this is of interest please let me know and I can arrange to send you an invitation. Email me at 


Research Reminder

Just to remind you that we have ongoing research in relation to:

A novel approach to GP accreditation working with Wye Valley Trust

Challenges facing Dispensing Doctors with a lead from DDA working with the University of Exeter.

Community pharmacy based on enhanced first aid offered through pharmacists – based on a collaboration between Lincolnshire LIVES First Responder Service and Lincolnshire COOP’s Pharmacy.

Liz Price from the University of Lincoln is carrying out a light touch evaluation and will be working with us to offer a dissemination plan in relation to these areas of research over the next 6 months, but if you would like an early indication of how things are going please email me us as the link at 


AGM update

We held a very successful first AGM in partnership with  the RSN in Bayswater on 3 December 2019. You can access the notes from the meeting here:

We also have an impact card setting out the achievements of the Centre over the last 12 months. If you would like some hard copies let me know. It will also shortly appear on the National Centre website.