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Remote an Rural GPs (Stronsay, Sanday and Westray)

NHS Orkney
Orkney Outer Isles
Salary £86,199 - £98,555 (based on years of experience as a qualified as a GP) plus 45% enhancement
Closing date
2 Jul 2023

Job Details

Remote and Rural General Practitioner
Primary Care Department
Orcades Practice – Predominantly Stronsay
Salary £86,199 - £98,555 (based on years of experience as a qualified as a GP) plus 45% enhancement for 24/7 cover plus Distant Islands Allowance pro rata

Fixed-Term until 31st July 2024

Stronsay - 13 weeks plus annual leave and study leave (equates to 15.29 weeks)

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

Be an important part of small island community

The Orcades Practice (1,961 patients), which consists of six single-handed island practices with GPs and nurses providing 24/7 healthcare to the smaller remote islands of Orkney.  Weekly videoconferences 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.  We work in rotation with colleagues, usually for 3 weeks at a time, and are on call 24/7, with support from a community nurse.

As a part-time GP you have the advantages of working in one of the remote cohesive practices with more time for your patients, seeing them in the context of their lives surrounded by beautiful scenery and wildlife.  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. Accommodation is provided.

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 (01857) 616321 (Stronsay GP) to hear more or contact and

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to come to Orkney to meet the island communities and your new potential colleagues. ​​​​​​​

NHS Scotland is committed to encouraging equality and diversity among our workforce and eliminating unlawful discrimination. The aim is for our workforce to be truly representative and for each employee to feel respected and able to give their best. To this end, NHS Scotland welcomes applications from all sections of society.

A Recruitment Pack containing Job Description and Person Specification is available to download below.

​​​​​​​*This post is subject to a PVG check and Exposure Prone Procedures Clearance



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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