Health & Social Care

Work with us! Working as a doctor or dentist in Shetland, you and your family can live in one of the most spectacular natural environments in Europe.

Shetland is a small, safe, supportive but cosmopolitan community, offering some of the best education at primary and secondary level in the UK. Not to mention superb sporting and cultural facilities.

But Shetland provides professional rewards and challenges too. Make no mistake, Shetland is a place for the adventurous and if you’re a GP, some of our rural practices will place you at the front line of medical provision. There may, depending on the practice, be night calls, road traffic accidents, sea and coastal incidents. There are opportunities to develop emergency skills in areas such as BASICS and ATLS, and there are the specific demands posed the fishing, oil and aviation industries. Research in other specialist fields is also encouraged.

Susan Bowie is a GP in Hillswick, Northmavine. Here’s a short video portrait of her everyday life and work in one of the most beautiful parts of these lovely islands. As she says, while navigating her way from patients to patient past Shetland ponies and extraordinary views: “I came here for six months. I ended up staying 32 years.”

I have found that working in Shetland has offered the opportunity to discover a real life/work balance.

NHS Shetland has a total commitment to the development of professional skills and you will find this an encouraging place to work. The Gilbert Bain Hospital offers full surgical and medical cover, anaesthetics, psychiatry and obstetrics. Specialists from Aberdeen visit regularly and air ambulance flights connect Shetland with all the facilities of Aberdeen Royal Infirmary.


NHS Shetland are also about to embark on a video showcasing their Consultant model in their Acute facilities but if you are interested in joining the small team of Physicians please do get in touch.

As an NHS dental surgeon, the latest surgery buildings, equipment and support staff are provided. As are opportunities to develop and supply advanced specialist techniques. This is an exciting, fulfilling place to practise dental surgery, as Andy Kinnear found out. Here’s a video which illustrates just how enthusiastic he is about the place, the people and his practice.

Shetland offers flexible working, dealing with patients in a real, functioning community, patients with a sense of privilege in having you as their doctor. Time. Time for patients, your family, yourself.
The people I have met here have played a huge part in my experience. However, Shetland itself has a strange, undeniable magic.

There are several GP, surgical and dental vacancies in the isles currently, including this, for an associate GP at Hillswick in Northmavine. See Susan Bowie’s video above!

Get a Life……. Hillswick Medical Practice, Shetland.

Salaried ‘Associate’ GP for 17-26 weeks throughout year available again depending on how much you are available or would want to do – £40- £60,000 depending on commitment and plenty opportunity for locums, or just chill! We are a friendly, patient-centred, singlehanded ex-training practice and we require an enthusiastic robust GP who is up for the challenge. 


We are passionate about undergraduate training and demonstrating what a good option rural / single handed practice can be. We have a good community links and work well as a team. You will have patients who will truly appreciate your call.. This is a perfect opportunity for an enthusiastic friendly, flexible doctor, with a strong commitment to excellence in patient care, great team work, ability to share the care and a good sense of humour. We would hope you might be, or could become keen on undergraduate training.. But we are prepared to wait for the right person as we know that this post won’t suit everyone.

The surgery is set above a beach of perfect white sand, and the view from the consulting room is probably the best in Britain (see below). The weather can be hell but the scenery is to die for! We don’t have the same rain as the rest of Scotland, nor the midges, and where else in Britain are there ponies that dance?

If you are interested please email or phone Susan on +44 (0)1806 503277

GP vacancies, including for other associates and principal single-handed GPs, also exist in Yell, Whalsay and Unst, as well as at the group practice in Lerwick. There are dental vacancies in Lerwick and Brae and medical opportunities at the Gilbert Bain Hospital.



If you're interested in working in Shetland, contact NHS Shetland, you can visit their website or email direct.

Off all the places I've lived and worked I can genuinely say that I feel at home in Shetland.
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