Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://hdl.handle.net/10356/162515
Title: Understanding recruitment and retention of doctors in rural Scotland: stakeholder perspectives
Authors: Maclaren, Andrew S.
Cleland, Jennifer
Locock, Louise
Skea, Zoë
Denison, Alan
Hollick, Rosemary
Murchie, Peter
Wilson, Philip
Keywords: Science::Medicine
Issue Date: 2022
Source: Maclaren, A. S., Cleland, J., Locock, L., Skea, Z., Denison, A., Hollick, R., Murchie, P. & Wilson, P. (2022). Understanding recruitment and retention of doctors in rural Scotland: stakeholder perspectives. The Geographical Journal, 188(2), 261-276. https://dx.doi.org/10.1111/geoj.12439
Journal: The Geographical Journal
Abstract: Recruitment and retention of medical practitioners is a challenging contemporary policy issue for rural areas. In this paper we explore this issue in the context of doctors in rural and remote Scotland, drawing on findings from a service mapping exercise into the recruitment and retention of doctors in rural areas, conducted by interviewing key stakeholders in the delivery of healthcare in rural and remote Scotland, most of whom combine clinical and organisational responsibilities. The aim of this paper is to understand the key issues, drawing on what the stakeholders see across the day-to-day delivery of their clinical roles and within the varied levels of the organisational structure of Scottish healthcare to which they contribute. Our findings build on a review of key literature of contemporary issues in rural Scotland, healthcare delivery in rural areas and wider international literature on recruitment and retention of medical practitioners. Our findings focus around three key themes: power of place; how people make place; and place and policy. In our conclusion, we argue that the importance of this stakeholder research is three-fold. First, that such insights from stakeholders are important in shaping and preparing for future research on the topic, particularly interviewing those currently working. Second, it adds to and echoes the growing body of literature globally focused on recruitment and retention by expanding on the Scottish context. Finally, it proposes that appropriate and effective rural proofing is important in the implementation of new policies where place-based challenges or differences can emerge.
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10356/162515
ISSN: 0016-7398
DOI: 10.1111/geoj.12439
Rights: © 2022 The Authors. The Geographical Journal published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd on behalf of Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers). This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Fulltext Permission: open
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