Vacancy: Salaried GP, Shetland

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Salaried GP with special interest in Obstetrics

Lerwick Health Centre: Full Time Post

An opportunity has arisen for a GP with Special Interest in Obstetrics post in our Paper Light Practice.  The Lerwick Practice is a Health Board run General Practice, in the middle of Shetland’s capital, providing medical services to a population of approximately 9,100 patients and offers variety and stimulation that can only be found in remote settings. The team delivering health care services is friendly, welcoming and very supportive.  There is no on-call commitment, although the doctors do participate in the local GP out-of-hours co-operative, which is not onerous.   The Practice has an Advanced Nurse Practitioner and a Healthcare Assistant.  The Practice works with EMIS PCS and DOCMAN and also provides minor surgery, enhanced family planning etc.

The GP with special interest in obstetrics will work in a rota with 2 GP colleagues to provide round the clock cover for the maternity department at the Gilbert Bain Hospital.  Time working on the maternity rota is protected clinical time and separate from GP clinical practice.  Working in the maternity department will involve working as part of a multidisciplinary team with midwives and obstetricians in Aberdeen.

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The maternity unit provides delivery for low risk births, repeat Caesarean sections and emergencies as they arise – women with anticipated complications are delivered in Aberdeen.  The GP is involved in antenatal care and decision making, as part of the wider team with Aberdeen obstetricians providing guidance as needed.  The GP is also responsible for assisting intrapartum care of the carefully selected ladies delivering in Shetland – the GP will make decisions regarding augmentation of labour, Caesarean section and simple ventouse delivery.  Caesarean sections are carried out by the surgeons within the hospital.

The GP is involved in stabilisation and management of the sick neonate as part of a team which includes Aberdeen neonatal unit. There are approximately 200 deliveries a year in the unit.  The interested candidate should have DRCOG or experience working in obstetric units and additional training is provided in emergency obstetric care, with skills kept up to date with departmental teaching a regular feature. Similarly training is provided in neonatal resuscitation and stabilisation, though any experience in care of new born will be an advantage.

Remuneration for being part of this rota is paid in addition to salary at a rate equivalent to 2 weekend Out of Hours shifts per week. The GPs who provide the obstetric service also provide cover to the local police station, which is paid separately.

  • Salary in line with DDRB recommended salaried GP pay scales
  • Distant Island Allowance
  • Relocation assistance

Shetland is a wonderful place to live and work.  Shetland offers low pollution, low crime, excellent schools, great leisure facilities, unique wildlife and amazing scenery, whilst still only a short flight away from the UK mainland.  To find out more about Shetland go to

For an informal discussion, please contact Lisa Sutherland on 01595 743209 or Dr Dylan Murphy on 01595 693201.

Please quote reference number

Closing date for receipt of applications is 04/02/13

Interviews will be held w/c 18/02/13

We offer relocation assistance of up to £8,000 and all posts qualify for a Distant Island Allowance of £1,538 (pro rata for part-time and fixed term positions).

For a job pack please contact the Human Resources Department, Brevik House, South Road, Lerwick, Shetland or telephone: (01595) 743067 (24 hour answer phone), quoting the appropriate reference number, or visit our website at

In promoting equal opportunities, we welcome applications from all sections of the community.

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