The European Rural and Isolated Practitioners Association

Out of Hours project

Special Project Funding

EURIPA is currently undertaking a Special Project which is being funded by WONCA Europe on Out of Hours Care. The project is being led by Oleg Kravtchenko from northern Norway and 8 countries are involved including Norway, Switzerland, Austria, Croatia, Poland, Portugal, Spain and the UK. Latvia and Sweden may join.

The project aims to expand the evidence base and increase our understanding of the type of out of hours work that rural family doctors undertake and as a result analyse the implications of this information in terms of education and training needs in order to better support rural family doctors deliver high quality safe services for their patients.

The research aims to answer the following questions:

  • What type of out of hours care is provided?
  • The context where it is provided?
  • Who provides Out of hours care?
  • What support is available for rural and remote clinicians providing out of hours care?
  • Does the provision by rural doctors of out of hours care have an impact on recruitment and retention?

By researching the subject in more detail EURIPA will establish examples of good practice across Europe, the range of skills that are required and identify particular education and training needs for rural family doctors.

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