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, and a spectacular coastal environment packed with stunning wildlife.
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 - which are a mix of independent and board-managed - will place you at the front line of medical provision. There may 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, running her own pratice. 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 patient to patient past Shetland ponies and extraordinary views: “I came here for six months. I ended up staying 32 years.”
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...