Brian Chittick, Director of Community Health and Social Care at NHS Shetland, knows what arriving in Shetland for work is like. He’d been a dentist in the Royal Navy for 20 years, and was working for the Sultan of Brunei’s army when he saw an advert for a dental officer role in Shetland.
“It was less of an adjustment than some people think,” he says of his move in 2015. “I didn’t miss M&S or Waitrose. And I soon realised that there are so many work opportunities here, whether at clinical management level. There’s a chance to hone in on areas of semi-specialist interest that you wouldn’t get on the Mainland.”
Brian knows how much Shetland needs more dentists to do the same. “We’re always trying to make sure that Shetlanders have as much choice as possible, and as good a quality of service as you’ll find anywhere,” he says.