Dr Chris Williams
Rural GP champion
GP Chris Williams from Ullapool, Ross-shire, is flying the flag for GPs practising in remote locations, and has made great strides getting rural doctors online.
Speaking at Pulse, BMA and RCGP events, he’s taught colleagues about using social media to narrow the gaps with colleagues elsewhere in the UK. And as a member of the RCGP’s rural forum steering group, and ruralGP.com, he’s been able to promote rural practice during the training crisis.
This coming year, he’s on a mission to demonstrate that the North of Scotland can do more undergraduate medical education in community settings. He continues to advise on the University of Aberdeen’s ‘managing information in medical emergencies’ research, a project that aims to find out how to keep information about life-threatening problems clear and accurate when the patient is handed from doctor to doctor several times, as often happens in rural emergencies.
He says he’s optimistic about the future of general practice, when led by its own: ‘It is really important to be working with the Government to create conditions for GPs to be working sustainably as expert medical generalists.’