Recruitment and Retention of Health Care Providers in Remote Rural areas
Map Source: Employability in Scotland
The Urban area for comparison is the area served by NHS Grampian. Grampian was a local government region of Scotland from 1975 to 1996 but is now divided into the unitary council areas of: Moray, Aberdeenshire and the City of Aberdeen. Grampian continues to have a joint police service, fire service and electoral, valuation, and Health boards.
Aberdeen City is the 3rd largest and one of the most densely populated cities in Scotland, with a population density of 1,151 persons/sq km. Population density within Aberdeenshire sits at 36 persons/sq km with approximately 63% of the population living in the main towns. This reflects the rural nature of the region.
The estimated population for Grampian 2009 was 544,980, an increase of 1% from 539,630 in 2008. The population of Grampian accounts for 10.4% of the total population of Scotland. The population currently has a relatively high proportion of under 20s and fewer over-65s compared with the Scottish average, reflecting employment-driven in-migration in recent decades.
Population Projections 2008 to 2033
By 2033 the population of Grampian is projected to be 605,307, an increase of 12.71% compared to 2008. The population of Scotland is projected to increase by 7.27% between 2008 and 2033.
Health care services
NHS services for the Grampian region are provided by NHS Grampian, and are overseen by one single NHS Board. NHS Grampian covers an area of over 3,000 square miles of city, town, village and rural communities.
The Board is supported from headquarters at Summerfield House in Aberdeen. Senior managers for the functions which cover the whole of Grampian are based here, including financial overview, corporate planning, and central responsibility for protection and promotion of public health.
NHS Grampian consists of acute services, corporate services and three Community Health Partnerships (CHP) and works closely with the local authorities. NHS Grampian is also very closely linked with both the University of Aberdeen and The Robert Gordon University, especially in the fields of research, workforce planning and training. Care is provided throughout Grampian in 9 main hospitals, a 17 community hospitals, 84 GP Practices and various other specialist care units.
Community hospitals are hospitals where most patients are admitted, and cared for, by their own GPs. They normally deal with:
They may also have:
NHS Grampian Staffing
Note: the above Medical and Dental figure excludes training grades and GP sessional
The following Table is a breakdown of Medical and Dental Staff. (Headcount)
In addition to the above there are approximately 123 GPs carrying out sessional work within Community Hospitals.