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Work with us. Be an island medic. Working as a doctor or dentist in Shetland, you and your family can live life to the full in one of the most spectacular natural environments in Europe. And be part of a welcoming, vibrant community.

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...

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.

As a dental surgeon, There are openings in the isles to practice both privately and carrying out NHS work. And there are to develop and supply advanced specialist techniques. This is an exciting, fulfilling place to practise dental surgery, as Andy Kinnear found out. When this video was made, Andy was a locum NHS dentist - he then decided to to stay in Shetland and became part of the private Family Dental Clinic in Lerwick.

Here’s a video which illustrates just how enthusiastic he is about place, people and practice.

The people I have met here have played a huge part in my experience. However, Shetland itself has a strange, undeniable magic
The people I have met here have played a huge part in my experience. However, Shetland itself has a strange, undeniable magic.

If you are interested in joining the Gilbert Bain’s small team of physicians, have a look at this video showcasing what some of our consultants do on and off duty.

Check out the NHS Shetland vacancies page. There are vacancies in the isles at the moment. Click here for further information.

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