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Consultant Physician job in Shetland

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Shetland , Highlands and Islands
Job Ref IRC16908
Post Code ZE1 0TB
Gremista, Lerwick ZE1 0PX, UK (Show on map)
Main Category Jobs for Hospital Doctors
Subcategory Acute Medicine
Additional Options Consultant
Contract Type Permanent Full-Time
Salary £78,304 - £105,570 per annum
Hours per week 40
Employer Type Direct Employer
Attached File 16908 JD.pdf

Join us in delivering remote and rural medicine at its best...

Consultant Physician Ref IRC16908

Full time, permanent position

Salary Range £78,304 - £105,570 per annum

Plus: 8% On-call supplement, Distant Islands Allowance £1,738 and relocation assistance up to £8000

NHS Shetland is the most northerly Health Service in the country and a unique setting in which to develop your career. We are, of course, a small organisation, with circa 700 staff looking after the health needs of some 23,000 people spread across 15 islands. However, what we lack in size, we more than make up for by way of the tight-knit, highly professional ethos that characterises every aspect of our operations.

The job of Consultant Physician in the Gilbert Bain Hospital, Lerwick is very significantly different from the large majority of posts in the UK. This is not a job for a super specialist or narrowly focussed physician but very much for one who wishes to practice a wide ranging role as general physician. We see a very broad range of pathology and you must be prepared to deal with everything that presents, frequently outside our area of specialism.

The role can be demanding but the many intellectual challenges provide the corresponding satisfaction to be derived from solving problems and helping patients. The physicians work closely and collaboratively and are always helpful when discussing patients and offering thoughts and advice. We are also able to seek help and advice from a wide range of colleagues in NHS Grampian.

In addition to caring for general medical patients we also, with a large degree of support from our psychiatry colleagues, supervise the admission of a small number people with acute mental health conditions. We also see children who attend A&E and care for the small number admitted to the ward. We have direct Consultant-to-Consultant access, 24 hours a day, to telephone advice from Paediatricians in Aberdeen although in practice this is rarely needed.

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, even the local dialect, as well as the spread of different islands all make for particular professional and personal challenges. Shetland is a world where wildlife is truly wild, where 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.

For an informal discussion please contact Dr Pauline Wilson or Dr David Fryer (Consultant Physicians) at the Gilbert Bain Hospital - they can be contacted via the hospital switchboard on 01595 743000 or via email or or Dr Gilbert Ozuzu, Medical Director on 01595 743697 or via email

The closing date for applications is 13th August 2018. To apply please visit reference IRC16908

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