Previous Opportunities

Consultant Anaesthetist

Further benefits plus relocation assistance of up to £8,000
This position is now closed to applications.

NHS Shetland is the most northerly Health Service in the country and a unique setting in which to develop your career. We are a tight-knit organisation with approximately 650 staff looking after the health needs of some 23,000 people spread across 15 islands. We follow a highly professional ethos that characterises every aspect of our operations. All in all you’ll find a superb degree of professionalism allied to a practical, resolute approach to the challenges of working in a remote island setting

We are looking to appoint 3 full time consultant anaesthetists to work in NHS Shetland who will work at the Gilbert Bain Hospital, Lerwick. Whilst the post is of a general nature every effort will be made to accommodate a successful candidate’s subspecialty interest. Subspecialty interest in pain medicine, trauma, obstetric anaesthesia could be accommodated and these skills would be particularity advantageous.

The Anaesthetic Department provides comprehensive general anaesthetic and critical care services. In addition, because of the remote nature of Shetland there is the necessity for anaesthetists to operate outside their core skills when the occasion arises – for instance to provide an enhanced trauma resuscitation service, to provide expertise in the resuscitation and stabilisation of neonates and paediatric patients, and to reap the reward of being able to adapt core anaesthetic skills to suit unpredictable and potentially challenging clinical scenarios arising outside the traditional theatre-based environment.

This is a beautiful part of the world with a satisfyingly different lifestyle from the metropolitan centres. The diverse nature of Shetland’s culture, the stunning scenery, the wildlife, the local dialects as well as the spread of different islands all make for greater professional and personal challenges. Shetland is a world where wildlife is truly wild – 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.

Consultant Anaesthetist – Candidate Pack

For more information on this opportunity and how to apply, please visit For a confidential discussion, please contact Lorraine Porteous, Associate Director on 0141 212 7555.

To apply, please complete the short form below and attach your CV, Medical Application & Equality Form, Fitness to Practice Form and Immigration Questionnaire. All documents are available to download via the microsite link above.

If you do not receive an automatic acknowledgement, please contact Melissa Scholes on 0141 212 7555.