FRRHH Capabilities Framework

22nd September 2021


This one-hour webinar aims to provide an overview of The Faculty of Remote, Rural and Humanitarian Healthcare (FRRHH) capabilities framework development and how it can be used to support the development of remote, rural and humanitarian healthcare professionals. This will be an interactive webinar where questions and comments from audience members are very much encouraged and sought after. We are eager to hear your feedback on the framework and listen to our community to ensure the finished frameworks practical application. 

You will hear from the faculties executive committee member leads and a panel of remote, rural and humanitarian healthcare experts. This expert panel will present on the reasons for the frameworks creation and the challenges we hope it will help to tackle. You will hear about the panel of remote, rural and humanitarian healthcare experts assisting the faculty to guide this work alongside an overview of the framework, its applications and an update on time frames for its completion.

The FRRHH Capabilities Framework aims to standardise the knowledge, skills and behaviours for safe and effective practice required by those working in clinical and non-clinical roles in remote, rural and humanitarian settings.  This will be used to assess, facilitate and recognise the professional development of remote, rural and humanitarian healthcare professionals.  The first stage of this framework is due to launch at the end of this year.

If you wish to contribute to this work or find out more then please get in touch with the faculty team at


Our panellists include:

Speaker 1/Chair: Professor Angus Watson

Consultant General and Colorectal surgeon and is Director of Research and Development at NHS Highland

Title of presentation: FRRHH Capabilities Framework; An Overview

This session will provide an overview of the framework and its applications

Bio: Angus Watson is a Consultant General and Colorectal Surgeon at Raigmore Hospital, Inverness and a Member of RCSEd Council. He holds honorary chairs at the Universities of Aberdeen, Stirling and the Highlands and Islands. He has a wide range of training and research interests. Angus was the recipient of the RCSEd 2019 Rahima Dawood and Tuanku Muhriz Fellowships.

Speaker 2: Josette Morison

Occupational Health Nurse, International Criminal Court

Bio: Josette is a qualified Registered General Nurse, Intensive Care and Aviation Nurse. She has extensive experience in Occupational Health and Healthcare Management and is specialised in Remote Healthcare, Tropical Medicine and Travel Health. Since joining the International Criminal Court in 2008 Josette is responsible for managing and coordinating the provision of Field medical support in remote and often high risk and hazardous locations. Josette carries out Health Risk Assessments in the Field in close coordination with the United Nations. She develops and implements Medical Emergency Response Plans and MEDEVAC procedures and assesses preparedness in case of communicable diseases, outbreaks/ pandemics (Public Health Emergency of International Concern). She is also responsible for the deployment of Paramedic support to Field missions when necessary.

Speaker 3: Professor Sandra MacRury

Bio: Professor Sandra MacRury brings to FRRH and extensive insight into research in remote, rural and humanitarian healthcare and has played a fundamental role in diabetes education and its delivery in remote and rural settings.  She has a particular interest in managing diabetic ketoacidosis and has been instrumental in helping to develop the Scottish Protocol for managing DKA and other patient resources such as an interactive website and Ketocard.

Speaker 4: Professor Tony Redmond

Founder of UK-Med, Emeritus Professor of Emergency Medicine, Keele University and Professor of International Emergency Medicine, University of Manchester 

Title of Presentation: Humanitarian Healthcare Capabilities

This session will provide an overview of humanitarian healthcare requirements that the framework will work to support.

Bio: Tony is a registered specialist in emergency medicine with a special interest in the management of severe injury. He has been involved in international emergency humanitarian assistance for over thirty years, organising and leading medical support to sudden onset disasters , disease outbreaks, major incidents, conflicts and complex emergencies.

UK-Med developed out of the South Manchester Accident Rescue Team (SMART). and registered as a charity in 1995. Tony became Chair of Trustees in January 2018, handing over to David Wightwick who was appointed as UK-Med CEO.


Panel Discussion and Q&A session from the Audience

Panel members:

  • Ling Kituyi - Dr Ling Merete Kituyi is a Norwegian medical doctor who is currently working as the Medical director of United Nations High commissioner for Refugees with responsibility of the occupational health and safety for UNHCR personnel in the field. She is based at UNHCR headquarters in Geneva.  She has 30 years of experience of working in Africa: Kenya,  Somalia, South Sudan and Liberia in different roles and organisations, mainly dealing with emergency medical response. Her lens is a risk management approach.

    Her other passion is medicine in the service of human rights; having founded the Independent Medicolegal Unit in Kenya which documents and supports torture survivors.

  • Roger Douglas Alcock - Adult and Paediatric Emergency Medicine HQ Métier, International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)

    Roger’s main role is currently working at ICRC HQ in Geneva as the EM Specialist for the Emergency Department support programme providing the technical expertise and leadership across all the ICRC emergency care programmes globally.

    He is a member of the UK Government's official Emergency Medical Team pool through UK-Med responding to medical humanitarian disasters across the globe and has experience in capacity building and emergency preparedness.

    He continues to work part-time as an EM and PEM consultant in the NHS.

  • Thomas Pols - Thomas Pols currently works as Royal Dutch Shell’s Regional Health Manager for the Middle East and North Africa based in Dubai. The focus of his work is partnering with (Non-) Operated Ventures on medical emergency response and worker welfare challenges. Before joining Shell in 2016 Thomas worked as a trauma medicine physician with the medical NGO Doctors Without Borders (MSF) in Pakistan, South Sudan and Sierra Leone. He graduated from medical school at the University of Amsterdam in 2008 and hold a MA in Law and Diplomacy (2015) from the Fletcher School at Tufts University in Massachusetts.


1 Hour

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