Inaugural Conference

National Centre for Remote and Rural Medicine Inaugural Conference

12-13 June 2019
North Lakes Hotel and Spa, Penrith

Call for abstracts open until Monday 8th May 2019

Do you have the skills needed to provide effective care in remote or rural settings?

  • Be inspired by the experts in urgent, rural and digital medicine
  • Be part of the development of inspiring approaches and new thinking
  • Meet other doctors and carers in the field
  • Gain new skills, collaborate and debate
  • Promote your research, find a test-bed for product development

Remote healthcare is increasingly an issue across the UK and the rest of the world; large populations are being significantly disadvantaged by geographical location. The National Centre for Remote and Rural Medicine (NCRRM) inaugural conference aims to pull from global and regional experience and education, to better understand demand and how as providers we can address these needs with education, training and innovation in health technology.

Who should attend?

  • Doctors and healthcare workers in rural settings and in urban settings where delayed access to secondary care means urgent medicine skills are required
  • First responders and members of the rural community providing urgent care
  • Those thinking about working in remote and rural healthcare settings
  • Digital health practitioners looking for new innovations and test-bed resources

Why attend? 

Hear from some of the most inspirational practitioners in the field of remote and rural medicine, some of whom have experience of practising in extreme circumstances. Learn new skills on our conference workshops and find out about the latest courses on offer. Share knowledge, experience and best practice with other workers in remote and rural medicine. Be inspired to work in a rural setting – find out more from those who do!


Speaker Sessions
Mary Atkinson
Practice Development Midwife, North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust
Childbirth – choice and challenges including normal birth, shoulder dystocia, neonatal resuscitation and post-partum haermorrhage
Dr Tim Ballard
National GP Advisor for Online and Independent PMS, Care Quality Commission
 The challenges and benefits on online healthcare / telemedicine
– How CQC approaches regulation
– Sharing findings from our online programme of work
Nigel Garratt
CPD and Development Lead, School of Medicine, UCLan
Flooding risks for medics – what can and can’t be done
Sir Bruce Keogh
Chair, Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust
Digital technologies in healthcare, safer for patients?
Professor Stuart Maitland-Knibb
Director, National Centre for Remote and Rural Medicine, UCLan
New educational programmes for remote healthcare
Professor Martin Marshall CBE
Vice Chair External Affairs, Royal College of General Practitioners
On line consulting: Pros and Cons
Dr Martin McGrath
Managing Director, CAS-App Ltd
Digital Health: Where are we and where are we going?
Dr Chris Press
Air Ambulance Doctor, UK
Medical Officer, Northern Exposure
Consultant Anaesthetist, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals
Delivering healthcare when help is not coming in the near to medium time frame

Polar bear attacks in the Arctic

Alicia Ridout
Deputy Director, mHabitat
Digital Health Co-design: people, partnerships and performance
Dr Malcolm Q Russell MBE Delivering medicine in earthquake zones for UK International Search and Rescue


Speaker Sessions
Dr John Ferris
– Consultant in Emergency, Pre-Hospital & Retrieval Medicine North Cumbria University Hospital Trust & Great North Air Ambulance
– Clinical Lead for Transfer & Aero-Retrieval Medicine
– Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer in Pre-hospital Emergency Medicine, UCLan
“Why can’t I have a helicopter?” Tasking, utilisation and resource management of HEMS Teams
Dr Nasir Hameed
Senior Lecturer – Imaging (Ultrasound), School of Medicine, UCLan
Remote Imaging ‘Pass me my stethoscope – I mean smartphone’
Dr James Hickman MBE
GP with Special Interest in Pre-Hospital Emergency Care, Somerset
First doctor on scene in a major incident
Professor James Kingsland
Senior Partner in General Practice
The development of Primary Care Networks (PCN) in rural areas based on the experience of delivering Primary Care homes in rural/more remote locations.
Professor Richard Lyon MBE
Consultant in Emergency Medicine & Pre-hospital Care Royal Infirmary, Edinburgh
Changing outcomes in pre-hospital cardiac arrest in rural and remote locations
Lee Omar
Chief Executive Officer, Red Ninja Studios
Digital health in the ageing society
Dr Malcolm Q Russell MBE
Medical Director, UK Fire & Rescue Service International Search and Rescue Team (UKISAR)Chief Executive Officer, Prometheus Medical
Treating catastrophic haemorrhage in the community following mass shootings and improvised explosive devices
Dr Tim Sanders
Senior Clinical Lecturer in Rural Medicine, UCLan
The Why and How of Remote Medical Training : In this facilitated round table discussion participants will be asked to share and discuss their experiences, challenges, hopes and desires about Remote and Technology Enhanced Learning.
Dr David Somekh
Network Director, European Health Futures Forum
Digital health technologies in personalised care, professional and ethical issues

Call for Abstracts


We are offering the opportunity to present a paper/poster in the format of one power point slide of content with two minutes to outline your work or research interests. If you’re up for the challenge we would like to hear from you!

Topic Areas:

  • Challenging Outcomes in Rural Health
  • Remote Care Solutions
  • Rural Childhood Health
  • Rural Trauma
  • Social Needs in Rural Communities

For full details and abstract form visit our website

Conference Fees

Two day conference fee, including conference dinner and drinks reception:
Wednesday 12 and Thursday 13 June 2019

One day conference fee:
Wednesday 12 or Thursday 13 June 2019

There are a limited number of subsidised places available for Undergraduate Medical Students* who are presenting posters (£30.00 per day) excluding accommodation and Conference Dinner.

The Conference Organisers will select the Delegates for these places based on their Poster Abstract. If you wish to be considered for one of these places please ensure that you submit a 350 word Abstract

*Undergraduate Medical Students will not be eligible for multiple concessions at the NCCRM Conference

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