The Rural Health Network was established to bring together organisations and individuals with an interest in rural health to network and share best practice. Below you can find out more about the Rural Health Network or see news stories or research of interest.


Latest headlines:


Bursaries being used to encourage graduates to opt for careers in medicine
28 July
BURSARIES of up to £16,000 are being used to encourage graduates to opt for a career in medicine. (Evening Times)


Shortlist announced for Amazon-backed rural business awards
16 July
A rural healthcare service has been shortlisted in an Amazon-backed award scheme celebrating rural business. (The Telegraph)

More funding for rural mental health
8 July
SCOTGOV pledged another £25,000 of support for Rural Wellbeing, the National Rural Mental Health Forum, at the Royal Highland Show. (Scottish Farmer)

Event to tackle farming’s mental health taboo
10 June
A passionate determination to smash one of the countryside’s most enduring taboos has been voiced to tackle the notion that staying silent is the only option. (Yorkshire Post)

Young people in rural Suffolk face complex challenges
24 June
Young people living in rural Suffolk are at risk of feeling “locked in” and disconnected from education and employment opportunities, new research has found. (EADT)


Rise in mental health patients sent miles away
27 June
The practice of sending mental health patients far away from friends and family to receive care has become endemic in the NHS, leading doctors have warned. (Yorkshire Post)

Launch of mental health scheme for pupils
22 June
A pioneering scheme aimed at tackling the growing number of pupils who suffer from mental health problems has officially launched. (Yorkshire Post)

Bid to refer hospital bed closures to Health Secretary defeated
25 July
Councillors have voted not to refer controversial plans to close hospital beds across Devon to the Health Secretary. (Devon Live)

Rural patients less likely to die from cancer
6 June
Country dwellers already have less hassle, cleaner air and more beautiful open spaces than those in the city. Now it appears they could also be more likely to survive cancer. (The Times)

Mental health wards in Cumbria not up to standard
20 July
MENTAL health wards in Cumbria are still not up to standard, with inspectors ordering further improvements. (News & Star)

New Belford will continue as rural general hospital
29 June
The new Belford hospital in Fort William will continue to be a rural general hospital, the Scottish Government has confirmed. (The Oban Times)


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