News March 2020

Posted: March 11th 2020

Parliamentary Inquiry 

We’re now in full swing with the new Parliamentary Inquiry again and we had a fascinating session on 28 February about systems. A number of excellent speakers were involved including the new CEO of the Kings Fund and representatives from the BMA and Care England. We’re just finalising the notes from the session so look out for them on the website where they will be featured in the next fortnight.


Defra and Farmer Networks

We have been working with Rose Regeneration and Bishop Grossteste University who run our day to day activities, on proposals to work with a number of farmer networks across England on a system for measuring their impact on mental health and well-being. They are hoping to begin this activity in a couple of weeks and will report progress directly to the National Centre.


National Rural Health Association (USA)

Through our Board Member Dr John Wynn-Jones we have been able to begin a dialogue about a partnership concordat with the National Rural Health Association in the USA. They have 22,000 members so that is something to aspire to!! We are confident that this will be the first of a number of international relationships as the work of the National Centre proceeds.


Rural Proofing Toolkit

Progress with the toolkit continues apace and if there are any examples of good practice you would like to share with us that we could include, showing how thinking about rural issues has led to an improvement in health and care services, please contact me at


Workforce Research Phase II

Our colleagues at the University of Birmingham are making good progress. We have refined the focus of the work to concentrate on a small number of pithy case studies and these are currently in train on the following areas of good practice:

Application of Buurtzorg [Dutch model of neighbourhood care] to a UK rural context

Volunteering [Helpforce and Lancashire Volunteering Collaborative]

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Social Care Progression Academy

Airedale Digital Hub case study (already completed)

If you’d like a bit of a peek before publication let me know at


Rethinking Remote – Aviemore April 2020

Our Deputy Chair Jan Sobieraj is to speak at this event. Creating a great opportunity to network with Scottish and Welsh colleagues.


Rural Health and Care Alliance

We now have an excellent new membership lead in place, Nadine Trout, who has already begun to make a real impact in terms of our membership offer and approach. If you have any ideas of refinements to the membership offer or any issues you would like to raise in terms of membership please do feel free to let us know.


Rural Mental Health Seminar – 9 April 2020

We still have places for this seminar on 9 April. In view of the corona virus we may decide to run it using zoom. If you’d like more information contact