A virtual training arrangement for healthcare professionals is being created.

The creation of the virtual Centre of Excellence (CoE) follows a recommendation made in the Sir Lewis Ritchie report on Out-of-Hours services for Skye.

While it is still early days, it is hoped a such a CoE, possibly based at the newbuild Broadford ‘hub’, should help future recruitment and retention of skilled staff to the area, improving sustainability and quality of health and social care services delivery.

Pam Nicoll, programme director for the Remote and Rural Healthcare Education Alliance (RRHEAL), said: “Sir Lewis envisaged this centre being based in SLSWR and being a centre for excellence for multidisciplinary undergraduate and postgraduate training and learning with a focus on delivering community – determined solutions.

“Such a centre could be an excellent way of attracting a range of health and care professionals to live and work in a rural setting and indeed perhaps address the issue of GP burnout that seems to be a feature of urban areas.”