Vacancy: Yell, Shetland – Salaried GP

Photo by Simon Varwell

Photo by Simon Varwell

We are looking for a replacement salaried GP to work approximately 17 weeks a year to cover the principal when off duty. Yell is a remote, rural, single handed, island dispensing practice. The practice population is 1090, with about 70 living on the nearby island of Fetlar. This island has a resident district nurse, and we visit fortnightly. The post is available from the 1st March, but we are happy to wait for the right candidate.

The practice has a full complement of ancillary staff, including practice manager, receptionists, dispensers and practice nurse. They are experienced, supportive and very friendly. We work out of a modern purpose built health centre, along with the community nurses and an NHS dental team.

The practice is paperlight and uses EMIS and DOCMAN. We have high QOF figures and pride ourselves on providing excellent personalised primary care. The practice has video-conferencing facilities.

The district hospital is in Lerwick, an hour and a half away by road and ferry. There are regular ferry links between Yell and the Shetland mainland. The hospital has physicians, surgeons, anaesthetists, a psychiatrist and GP obstetricians. A variety of  specialists visit from Aberdeen on a regular basis.

As well as providing the usual GP services, you would be expected to deal with minor injuries and casualty type problems and all emergencies. There is no paramedic on the island but there is a fully equipped ambulance manned by drivers trained to FPOS. BASICs training would be an advantage.

Working arrangements would be flexible, and you would obviously need to be resident on the island when on duty. Travel expenses to the Scottish mainland will be available, and subsistence allowance for the time you are on island is payable. The salary is approximately £42000 per annum for the 17 weeks, depending on experience.

Yell is a wonderful island, full of community spirit with a welcoming population. There are excellent schools and a leisure centre with swimming pool. There are plenty of opportunities for a variety of indoor and outdoor pursuits available, and the largest otter population in the UK! If you would like more information, visit our website or feel free to call Rosie Briscoe or Mark Aquilina (job sharing principals) on 01957 702127 for an informal chat.

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