NCRRM 2020 Conference

National Centre for Remote and Rural Medicine
Conference 2020

Changing Practice, Changing Outcomes

10-11 June 2020, North Lakes Hotel, Penrith

Hear from some of the most inspirational practitioners in the field of urgent, rural and digital medicine

Share knowledge, experience and best practice with other workers in remote & rural medicine

Build skills in our conference workshops and find out about the latest courses on offer

Be inspired to work in a remote & rural setting and find out more from those who do!

2019 Inaugural Conference

In collaboration with the RCGP Rural Forum

RCGP LogoThe RCGP Rural Forum represent rural and remote GPs and promote rural issues inside and outside the College Faculties. There are around 800 RCGP members currently signed up to the rural forum, who are invited to participate in discussions pertinent to this group of members. The Forum aims to advance the College’s objectives in rural practice; facilitate communication and networking of rural doctors in the UK and support the professional development of rural GPs. By working with the College, they raise issues concerning remote and rural GPs to help inform political debate.

Confirmed speakers

Amanda Howe – President, Royal College of General Practitioners

Brigadier Tim Hodgetts CBE
Medical director of the UK’s Defence Medical Services and Co-Founder of West Midlands based philanthropic initiative, citizenAID.

Simon Yates High Stakes Decision-making in Extreme Environments.
Simon Yates is a mountaineer whose experience was depicted in the film ‘Touching the Void’

Prof John Howarth Population Health in Rural Settings
Prof John Howarth is Deputy Chief Executive, North Cumbria Integrated NHS Foundation Trust. A senior clinician, John was a GP in Cockermouth for over 20 years. He has had a varied career including clinical director for community services, medical director of Cumbria’s GP Out of Hours cooperative, GP trainer for over 10 years and medical adviser to the local hospice at home charity. During the 1990s John worked in 13 different conflict and natural disaster zones, becoming medical director and head of operations of an international disaster relief charity. He led the health response to the floods in Cockermouth in 2009. He was a runner up in the national NHS Leadership Awards in 2010 (open to 1.3million employees with over 1000 nominations) and received a Fellowship in Public Health through distinction in 2011.

Dr John Wynne Jones
Chair, WONCA Working Party on Rural Practice

Dr Ali Husain Delivering Health Care at the Hajj
Dr Ali Husain is an Emergency Medicine Consultant, University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust.

Dr Chris Press
Medical Lead, Northern Exposure, Helicopter Emergency Medical Service Physician and experienced mountaineer and expedition medic.
Alongside his hospital work, Dr Chris Press has been active in UK Mountain Rescue since 2001 as well as acting as an Expedition Medic. He is a Helicopter Emergency Medical Service Physician with the Air Ambulance Service. He is also an accomplished cave diver with a number of exploratory projects ongoing throughout Europe.

Dr James Hickman MBE Primary Care with Penguins
Dr James Hickman is a GP with Special Interest in Pre-Hospital Emergency Care, Immediate Past Chairman at BASICS (British Association for Immediate Care). James was previously a GP in the Falklands.

Dr Shoba Subramanian BMBS, BMedsci, MRCGP, DRCOG, DipTropMed Global Telemedicine Support for Travellers in Remote Hostile Locations
Dr Shoba Subramanian is Medical Director, Europe, United Health Global

Dr Stuart Maitland-Knibb MBChB MRCGP FIMC RCS (Ed) DUMC RCS (Ed)
Director, National Centre for Remote and Rural Medicine. Stuart is an ex-military medical officer with extensive experience in primary care and emergency medicine both in hospital and pre-hospital. Specialising in urgent unplanned care, he has worked in the Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) and pre-hospital settings for many years and continues to fly a day a week.

Other speakers will be asking how we can do things differently in remote settings to deliver the best in care and outcome.

More to be announced…

Andrea Manfrin, discussed pharmacy in remote locations; Fiona Horsfield, GO Mountain Rescue; Prof David Woods, military medicine;  Emma Watson, DoME Inverness; Prof Sam Dearman, North Cumbria Integrated Care; Dr Ashley Liston.

Who should attend?

First responders/ members of the rural community providing urgent care

Digital health practitioners looking for new innovation and test-bed resources

For all those thinking about working in remote and rural healthcare settings

Doctors and healthcare workers in rural settings and in urban settings where delayed access to secondary care means urgent medicine skills are required

Fees and Registration

Register now, for early bird discounts. Concessions available


Undergraduate Medical Students* presenting posters. Early bird rate TBC

Call for abstracts now open!

Deadline 30 April 2020

Submissions are welcomed for the one-slide powerpoint poster presentation.
Presenters will be given 2 minutes to present their work or research interests. If you’re up for the challenge, we’d love to hear from you!

Submissions welcome in the areas of:

Challenging Outcomes in Rural Health; Remote Care Solutions; Rural Childhood Health; Rural Trauma; Social Needs in Rural Communities and Digital Health.


Why not exhibit at NCRRM 2020?
£500 for two-day conference
Discounts available for NHS, charities, third sector and not-for-profit organisations
Call the conference organisers on 01942 517230 for more information.


North Lakes Hotel and Spa,
Ullswater Road, Penrith, CA11 8QT

The North Lakes Hotel and Spa is 10 minutes walk form Penrith station and very close to Junction 40 of the M6. Full travel details can be found at the hotel website.

Download travel guide here


Accommodation is not included in the conference fee and must be booked separately at the North Lakes Hotel and Spa (quoting the NCRRM Conference) or at your
chosen hotel / B&B.