Shetland NHS Board is responsible for health care for a population of around 23,000. Local Hospital and Community Services are provided from the Gilbert Bain Hospital. In addition, visiting consultants from NHS Grampian provide out-patient clinics as well as in-patient and day-case surgery to supplement the service provided by our locally-based Consultants in General Medicine, General Surgery, Anaesthetics and Psychiatry. We have a progressive agenda within the Shetland and work in partnership, not only with other local stakeholders but with the NHS in Scotland as a whole and NHS Grampian in particular.
 
This is a beautiful part of the world, with a satisfyingly different lifestyle from the metropolitan centres. Those who wish to experience a unique life-work balance thrive here. The diverse nature of Shetland’s culture, the stunning scenery, the wildlife, even the local dialect, as well as the spread of different islands all make for particular professional and personal challenges. Shetland is a world where wildlife is truly wild, where otters and seals play in quiet coves, and the air is full of the sound of wild birds, crowding the jagged cliffs in huge and noisy colonies. There are regular sightings of Killer Whales and superb displays of rare sub-arctic flora.
 

About NHS Shetland

NHS Shetland is the most northerly Health Service in the country and a unique setting in which to develop your career. We are, of course, a small organisation, with circa 650 staff looking after the health needs of some 23,000 people spread across 15 islands. However, what we lack in size, we more than make up for by way of the tight-knit, highly professional ethos that characterises every aspect of our operations.
 
Our job – your job should you care to join us – is to provide healthcare services to, and strive to improve the overall health of, the population of this most delightful part of the British Isles. As well as the Gilbert Bain Hospital there are Local Community Services, which are usually provided via GPs and Community Nurses working from one of our ten Health Centre and other locations including mobile units and schools. All in all, you’ll find a superb degree of professionalism allied to a practical, resolute approach to the challenges of providing healthcare in a northern island setting.


Working at NHS Shetland

What’s it like to work in the Health Service in Shetland? Well, the remote and rural nature of our service brings its own challenges, however you can be assured that the facilities and equipment are as good as any you’ll get on the mainland. Moreover, the friendliness and professionalism of your new colleagues will help you quickly to find your feet and feel at home in your new surroundings.
 
And, to give you a better idea of what it’s like here, why not watch these video clips depicting the work and life of two of our GP and Dentist Colleagues?
 
 

Living in Shetland

We cheerfully admit that Shetland is not for everyone – if you want to go on the underground train to a West End Theatre then we’re going to disappoint you – but for those looking for a less hectic pace and an indisputably higher quality of life then we should be on right at the top of your list.
 
It is a land of many contrasts - rugged hills and flower-strewn meadows; large new houses and traditional crofts; ultramodern ships and small boats which can trace their ancestry back to Viking times. Islands which are distinctly Norse in character yet part of Scotland Islands with a fascinating heritage and a timeless quality.
 
Watch myriads of seabirds over an ultramarine sea or the breathtaking loveliness of a reflected sunset. Listen to the sigh of the waves or the weird “drumming” of the snipe at dusk. Smell the heady fragrance of massed wildflowers or the evocative tang of peat smoke.
 
Shetland is a place which is small enough to make you feel welcome, yet large enough to find peace and that unmistakable feeling of spacious freedom; a place of friendly, hospitable people; a place embracing both modern technology and traditional industries with a unique culture reflected in music and literature; a place where you can enjoy the long, light nights of “simmer dim”; where you can walk, fish, ride, swim... or just relax; a place which offers choice.
 

Geography 60º North

The islands of Shetland lie scattered like the pieces of an elongated puzzle some 93 miles (150 km.) north of the Scottish Mainland. The capital, Lerwick is 211 miles (340 km.) from the Scottish port of Aberdeen and only about 18 miles (29 km) more than this from Bergen in Norway and Torshavn in the Faroe Islands.
 
The 60-degree line of latitude lies across the South Mainland of Shetland, passing through the small island of Mousa with its famous broch. There are over 100 islands ranging in size from the large island of Mainland (351 square miles/909 square kilometres) to the numerous small skerries and islets along the coast.
 
The distance from Sumburgh Head, the most southerly tip of Mainland, to Hermaness at the most northerly tip of Unst, is about 70 miles (113 km). North of Unst lies Muckle Flugga with its lighthouse perched 192ft. (59m) above sea level; the most northerly inhabited island in the British Isles.
 
Fair Isle is 24 miles (39 km) south-west of Sumburgh Head and lies mid-way between Shetland and Orkney. Foula, off the West Mainland, is about 18 miles (29 km) west of Walls.
 

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Travelling to Shetland

Shetland lies at the crossroads of the North Sea and the North Atlantic, virtually equidistant from Aberdeen, Bergen in Norway and the Faroe Islands, and there are frequent, efficient air and sea services through Aberdeen.
 
Most major airports and cities in the UK have scheduled flights to Shetland through Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow. Northlink Ferries currently operate car ferries seven days a week direct from Aberdeen to Shetland on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays (via Orkney on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays) in comfortable, well-appointed vessels. There are also connections to Scrabster in Caithness (via Orkney).
 
The ferry journey from Aberdeen to Shetland takes between 12-14 hours, leaving Aberdeen at 1900 hours direct (1700 via Orkney) and arriving in Shetland 0730 hours the following morning. The return journey similarly leaves Lerwick at 1900 hours direct (1730 via Orkney).
 
In the summer an air service connects Bergen with Sumburgh Airport.
 
 

NHS Shetland

 

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  • Staff Nurse – Renal Unit (Ref: IRC21465) NHS Shetland
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    Staff Nurse – Renal Unit (Ref: IRC21465)
    Full Time, Fixed term for 2 years – 37.5 hours per week
    Substantive, Part-time 21 hours per week
    The Renal Unit is open 3 days - Mon/Wed/Fri and occasionally
    may be required to work in Renal outpatients clinic
    Band 5 - Salary Range £24,670 - £30,742 per annum pro rata

    Fri 12 Jul
    • Shetland United Kingdom Highlands and Islands
    • Full time
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    Healthcare and Medical
    Nursing
  • Salaried Dental Officer (Ref: IRC21343) NHS Shetland
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    Salaried Dental Officer (Ref: IRC21343)
    Full-time 37.5 hours per week
    Substantive
    Salary Range - £40,832 - £61,247 per annum with additional allowances as detailed below

    Fri 5 Jul
    • Shetland United Kingdom Highlands and Islands
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    Healthcare and Medical
    Dental
  • Biomedical Scientist Specialist and Deputy Laboratory Manager- Haematology/Transfusion NHS Shetland
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    Biomedical Scientist Specialist and Deputy Laboratory Manager- Haematology/Transfusion (Ref: IRC21325)

    required for the Shetland Islands to provide services to the mainland population and the outlying islands - are you interested in practising in an area of outstanding natural beauty?
    Fixed Term Contract (until June 2021) - Band 8A role
    Salary in range £45,446- £51,883 per annum plus Distant Island Allowance of £1,841 per annum
    Excellent relocation package of up to £8,000

    Tue 2 Jul
    • Shetland United Kingdom Highlands and Islands
    • Full time
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    Healthcare and Medical
    Medical and Clinical
  • Senior Theatre Practitioner Anaesthetics, Recovery and Scrub, ODP NHS Shetland
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    Senior Theatre Practitioner skilled in Anaesthetics/Recovery and Scrub/Operating Department Practitioner (IRC21303)
    35.5 hours per week
    Band 6 Salary Range £30,401 - £38,046 per annum pro-rata
    Distant Islands Allowance of £1,841 per annum pro-rata plus
    Relocation Assistance of up to £8,000 is available

    Fri 28 Jun
    • Shetland United Kingdom Highlands and Islands
    • Part time
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    Healthcare and Medical
    Nursing
  • Clinical Development Fellow/Locum Appointment for Service NHS Shetland
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    We currently have the following opportunities (Ref: IRC21243)
    Locum Appointment for Service (Medical/A&E) or (Surgical/A&E)
    Clinical Development Fellow (Medical/A&E) or (Surgical/A&E)
    Full Time fixed term from August 2019 for up to one year
    (with the potential to extend further)
    £32,157 - £42,544 per annum, plus banding supplement 2B
    Distant Islands Allowance, Relocation Package, free board accommodation, return flights as well as other benefits available.

    Thu 27 Jun
    • Shetland United Kingdom Highlands and Islands
    • Full time
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    Healthcare and Medical
    Medical and Clinical
  • Team Leader - Day Surgery Unit/Ambulatory Care Unit (Ref: IRC21223) NHS Shetland
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    Team Leader - Day Surgery Unit/Ambulatory Care Unit (Ref: IRC21223)
    Initially Full time 37.5 hours per week for one year (details below)
    Part Time – 30 hours per week Substantive
    Plus an additional 7.5 hours per week - fixed term for one year
    Band 6 - Salary Range £30,401 - £38,046 per annum
    Distant Islands Allowance of £1,841 per annum payable
    Relocation Assistance of up to £8000 available

    Wed 26 Jun
    • Shetland United Kingdom Highlands and Islands
    • Full time
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    Healthcare and Medical
    Nursing
  • Psychological Therapist NHS Shetland
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    Psychological Therapist


    Band 6 - Salary Range - £30,401- £38,046 per annum (pro-rata)

    plus Distant Island Allowance of £1,841 per annum (pro rata)

    Substantive, Part Time – 18.75 hours per week (Ref: IRC20902)

    Relocation Assistance of up to £8000 available

    Fri 21 Jun
    • Shetland United Kingdom Highlands and Islands
    • Part time
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    Healthcare and Medical
    Physiotherapy, OT and Rehabilitation
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