Previous Opportunities

General Practitioner

Up to £94,543, generous annual leave entitlement and relocation
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 recruit a number of General Practitioners, to work in a range of practices – these range from small single handed island practices of 1100 patients, through to single handed practices on Mainland Shetland with 720 patients. Our largest group practice has just under 9000 patients, so there are a range of posts available.

The posts, which are varied offer an excellent opportunity for the appointee to undertake a traditional General Practitioner role in Shetland; where 15 minute appointment times are standard, where there is good interdisciplinary team working and where you will get a chance to influence the direction, e.g. cluster working. Along with our practice teams you will support the delivery of exemplary standards of care, providing daytime general medical services through the week, undertaking a range of duties and dependent upon the location supporting the OOH cover arrangements.

As we are small “your voice will be heard” and you will have an opportunity to influence and help us shape future delivery models. Lerwick Health Centre, our largest practice is highly rated as a training practice and we offer opportunities to undertake GPwSI.

Teaching and providing experience of remote clinical working to visiting students and qualified practitioners also forms part of the post holder’s responsibilities.

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.

General Practitioner – 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.