News March 2021

Posted: March 22nd 2021

Rural Proofing Toolkit

The National Centre is working with a number of rural community councils, who operate through a mututal network called Cirican, to offer support at the level of local health systems to implement its new rural proofing toolkit. This was developed in partnership with Rural England. We may be able to work with you if you think this may be of interest.


English Indices of Deprivation

Our good friend Professor John Shepherd has mapped the rural sensitive spin on the English Indices of Deprivation produced by the University of East Anglia for Lincolnshire. He is now moving on to produce maps for Devon and Norfolk. The results show a very interesting pattern of extended deep rural and coastal disadvantage. We are currently planning a seminar to review the results in more detail. If you would like more information please drop me an email. 


Covid Impact in Rural Settings

There has been a lot of urban focused analysis of the impact of covid. We need more information about its rural implications. Our work with Nuffield has begun to surface some of the challenges and we plan a second push on this front post Easter.


NHS Confed

The National Centre is thrilled to have just completed the agreement of a Memorandum of Understanding with the NHS Confed. The first stage of our work together will be to explore the development of a rural community of practice bringing members from both organisations together. More information to follow.


Health Education England Funding

The National Centre is thrilled to announce that HEE have provided funding to enable us to enhance the rural component of their international networking. We already have significant global links, facilitated primarily by our Board Member Dr John Wyn Jones. We will be organising a number of events over the next 12 months to progress this work further.


Parliamentary Inquiry

We are making steady progress in the writing up the 13 sessions of the parliamentary inquiry held over the last 2 years. Some of it is revelatory and all of it is very gripping. It’s a pleasure as well as a big challenge to be working on all of this. We hope to have a first draft completed by the end of April. More information in the next edition of Casebook to follow!