International Women’s Day – Martine Scott

Name: Martine Scott

Job Title: Scottish Rural Medicine Collaborative – programme lead 

Role within BASICS Scotland: Non-executive director 

Area of Scotland you work in: Based in Highland but cover all of Scotland




What made you want to get involved with the work of BASICS Scotland?

My work involves promoting the broad benefits of the work of rural GPs and the rural healthcare workforce on behalf of the SRMC. 

BASICS Scotland is an inspirational organisation (as is Sandpiper) in the sense that the work done is highly important to the overall functioning of the rural response in pre-hospital care. 

What advice would you have to other girls/women who want to work in the volunteer responder field?

Everyone can contribute or ‘pay it forward’ and it makes sense to be part of a network which looks after those who are less able, if you can – it might be you or a loved one someday.

What is your best memory from BASICS Scotland?

Being on an exhibitors’ stand at the World Extreme Medicine (WEM) conference in Edinburgh with Robert Duncan and watching folk queue up to see the infamous Sandpiper bag (and all its contents) for the first time.   

What’s the best bit about your role with BASICS Scotland?

Getting to know everyone in the network – I am always impressed with the passion and commitment shown. They clearly love what they do and it’s infectious!

What’s your favourite thing about your typical day? 

Knowing that I can always call someone up with a daft question and they never seem to get sick of me. 

What do you love about your job?

The variety of people I see and speak to – especially in rural Scotland, who so generously make time no-matter-what to talk to me about their work and what makes them motivated to do it.

3 biggest skills that you use in your role with BASICS Scotland?

Listening; using information by making connections with other like-minded people or initiatives to achieve better results; promoting the importance of BASICS as a key service partner in rural healthcare. 

A most challenging bit about your role with BASICS Scotland?

As a non-clinican I sometimes struggle with some of the shorthand/acronyms but usually get the gist! 

More about Martine

Martine is currently a programme manager. Initially, for NHS Highland’s innovative ‘Being Here’ programme and most recently, the Scottish Rural Medicine Collaborative.

She has a wide range of experience in manufacturing, academic and public service settings. Since relocating to Scotland in 2006, she has been employed as a programme/project manager and as an independent advisor. Before 2006: a hands-on team leader in large, industrial and unionised establishments (including R&D).

Her professional interests include research and innovation, quality improvement, lean/systems thinking, business performance strategy, stakeholder and community engagement and people management. Martine is passionate about improvement and innovation through collaborative working. Martine is a mum to one son, she also enjoys motorcycle touring and playing the cello (but not at the same time).