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Rural Island GP

NHS Orkney
Orkney Islands
Salary £91,621 - £136,751 dependent on experience (includes 45% enhancement for 24/7 cover) plus DIA
Closing date
20 Feb 2022

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Remote and Rural GPs
Primary Care Department
Orcades Practice – Sanday, Stronsay and Westray Islands
Salary £91,621 - £136,751 dependent on experience (includes 45% enhancement for 24/7 cover) plus Distant Islands Allowance, all pro rata
Opportunities to work between 12 and 26 weeks/year plus annual and study leave pro rata

Be a single-handed GP in a wider supportive team of GPs and Nurses

Be an important part of a small island community

The Orcades Practice (1,972 patients) consists of six single-handed island practices with GPs and nurses providing 24/7 healthcare to the smaller remote islands of Orkney.  Weekly video conferences enable clinicians to learn through case discussion, offer mutual support and overcome professional isolation. To ensure continuity of care clinicians are appointed to one island, working in rotation with colleagues.  

As a part-time GP you have the advantages of working in one of these remote cohesive practices with more time for your patients, seeing them in the context of their lives surrounded by beautiful scenery and wildlife.  We work in rotation, usually for 3 weeks at a time, and are on call 24/7.  Practitioners either live on island or elsewhere where we can work in primary care, hospitals or even refugee camps. The best of both worlds?

Spice up your regular GP skills with the challenges of pre-hospital emergency care whilst waiting for helicopter evacuation.  Emergency care training with standardised equipment and protocols is provided.

The post will appeal to experienced GPs, but also those earlier in their careers looking for the challenge of widening their clinical skills and providing holistic care in a remote but supported environment. Annual and study leave allocations are built in to allow you to acquire and maintain those additional skills. We have a variety of permanent and fixed term contracts ranging from 12 to 26 weeks/year, but we are flexible and would be happy to discuss what would work best for you. Accommodation is provided.

The communities are vibrant and supportive with excellent schools, good leisure facilities and amazing wildlife and scenery.  Orkney has excellent transport links to the UK mainland; daily flights from Kirkwall are just an hour to all four major Scottish airports.

Click here for more information about the jobs, how we work together to provide exemplary, patient centred care, to learn about the individual islands and to watch a short film about working in NHS Orkney. Further information about living in Orkney can be found at or and

If we have piqued your interest, we'd love to hear from you, and are happy to chat about our experiences to see if this might be the job you're looking for.  Please contact (Sanday GP), (Stronsay GP), or (Westray GP) to hear more.

Closing Date: Sunday 20/2/22 at midnight. 

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to come to Orkney for the weekend 5-6 March 2022 to meet the island communities and your new potential colleagues. Interviews will take place week beginning 7th March 2022 via Teams. Alternative arrangements can be made if you are unable to make the weekend.



NHS Orkney is working hard to be the best remote and rural care provider in the UK, do you want to play a part in helping us achieve our vision?

With views as far as the eyes can see, stunning beaches and miles-upon-miles of coastline, you’ll always find your own space in Orkney. Lying off the northern coast of Scotland, between John O’Groats and the Shetland Isles, these enchanting islands await you. With this, it is no surprise that Orkney has been voted the best place to live in Scotland for eight years running.
Orkney is an archipelago of 70 beautiful islands, of which 17 are inhabited.

As a genuinely wonderful place to live, Orkney offers unique wildlife, amazing scenery and real opportunity to experience a wide range of cultural and sporting activities. There is something for everyone; state-of-the-art leisure facilities, various clubs and societies, and an excellent education system creates our strong community spirit. 

NHS Orkney’s hospital and healthcare facility, The Balfour, opened in 2019 and is transforming the way healthcare is delivered. With inpatient wards, an emergency department, outpatients, diagnostic services, Dentistry, two GP practices and the Scottish Ambulance Service all under one roof, there are excellent opportunities for close multidisciplinary working to benefit our patients. We are now working towards further investment in our outer island facilities. These developments allow us to drive forward service improvement with confidence.

If you’re enthused by what we have to offer, share our vision, and believe you can contribute to NHS Orkney, we would be thrilled to hear from you.

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01856 888000
The Balfour
Foreland Road
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