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Vacancy: Orkney (Skerryvore Practice)

GP Partner or Salaried GP

Skerryvore is a well established independent GMS practice with enthusiastic GPs supported by excellent management, nursing and administrative teams. We are a thriving forward thinking practice based in Kirkwall, the main town of the Orkney Islands.

We are looking for a GP or GPs to replace an outgoing partner and are willing to be flexible for the right candidate(s).  MRCGP preferred and a sense of humour essential!

The Practice

  • List size 7400
  • Training practice (GPSTs and medical students)
  • High QoF point achievers
  • Excellent integrated IT system using Vision and Docman
  • Additional services in sexual health and palliative care
  • Low staff turnover

What we offer

  • Up to 9 sessions per week (could be shared)
  • Flexible start date
  • Healthy practice accounts
  • No OOH commitment
  • Generous Golden Hello and relocation packages
  • 7 weeks annual leave plus public holidays
  • 1 week study leave
  • Location with excellent transport links to the mainland

If you are looking for an enjoyable, interesting job in a beautiful location please check out our website www.skerryvorepractice.co.uk for further information.

Informal enquiries and visits are welcome please contact:  Dr Kirsty Cole 01856 888 240 (k.cole@nhs.net)

Applications in writing enclosing a copy of a recent CV to Mrs Maureen Firth, Practice Manager, Skerryvore Practice, Health Centre, Kirkwall, Orkney KW15 1BX or by email to maureen.firth@nhs.net

Closing date: 28 November

Interviews: 14 December

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RPAS Conference: 8th-10th November 2012

Mary Drijfhout of the Remote Practitioners’ Association of Scotland, has issued details of the forthcoming RPAS conference.  It will be held on 8th-10th November at the Craigmonie Hotel in Inverness.

A varied programme has been lined up, to include updates from the Emergency Medical Retrieval Team, a ‘crash course’ on rural & remote police medical work, as well presentations from the team that have been spearheading the Dewar Centenary celebrations.  The RPAS annual conference also provides a great chance for rural & remote practitioners in Scotland to meet up and share ideas and concerns for the future of rural practice.

Attendance at the whole event costs just £100 (plus accommodation), with separate fees for attending specific sessions.  Further information and forms are available below.

>> Booking Form

>> Programme

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Vacancy: Partnership Lochgilphead, Inveraray, Furnace

  • New G.P Partner required, due to practice amalgamation

    Photo credit: ‘Englishpointers’ (Flickr)

  • List size increasing to 7,900 (three surgeries)
  • Currently 6.5 WTE – an enthusiastic & innovative team
  • Consistently high QOF achievement
  • Above average income
  • Providing medical cover to an active acute community hospital (A&E and in-patient care)
  • Participation in 1 in 7 “Out of Hours” for GMS, and hospital
  • Beautiful rural location two hours from Glasgow
  • Excellent base for outdoor activities

For more information or a copy of the Practice Profile please contact – Muriel Miller Practice Manager on 01546462002 or email muriel.miller@nhs.net

Closing date:  24th August 2012


Photo credit: ‘Englishpointers‘ (Flickr)

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Vacancy: Partnership, Kirkwall, Orkney

We are a group of enthusiastic GPs, nurses and administrative staff who aim to provide good quality care to our 7300 patients in a remote setting in Kirkwall the main town of the Orkney Islands.  We are a busy, forward thinking practice.  We are in the privileged position of offering personalised care to our patients for several generations.

We work hard towards the contract and also offer additional services in sexual and palliative care.  We have been a training practice for 22 years and have managed to recruit five partners via this route.

Due to the size of NHS Orkney, you will have the opportunity to have a say in how services are organised for your patients.

We are looking for a like-minded doctor to replace an outgoing partner.  If you wish to have an interesting job in a beautiful location please check out our website at www.skerryvorepractice.co.uk for further information.

Informal enquiries and visits are welcome.  Please contact Dr Mhari Linklater on 01856 888 240 or email mhari.linklater@nhs.net

Closing Date: 27th July 2012


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Rachel Weldon

Rachel Weldon, Rural GP

The rural general practice community – and beyond – will be deeply saddened by the news that Rachel Weldon, GP for the Isle of Eigg, was found dead on Wednesday 2nd May.

Rachel provided the GP service to Eigg, Muck, Rum and Canna on the West Coast of Scotland for over ten years.  With geography necessitating a RIB powerboat for her rounds, she worked in one of the remotest locations possible.  She was a contributor to the RPAS group for many years, including attending conferences on a regular basis.

Her unique job situation featured in a BBC Radio 4 series “GPs who need GPS” by Dr Phil Hammond in June last year.

A news story regarding her death has been published by The Scotsman.

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Vacancy: Isle of Tiree (Partnership)

With permission, John HollidayPart time PARTNER for this beautiful Hebridean island Sunshine, windswept white beaches and a strong Hebridean community.

I am 58 and have been the Doctor on Tiree for 25 years in this 1.5 Doctor Practice. I am looking for a 0.5 – 0.75 Partner to live on the island, working a flexible rota.

  • list size 730 – 20 minute appointments
  • real Doctors only need apply – on-call 24/7, emergency work with an excellent nursing team, 35 air ambulances a year, and the best and worst the Atlantic weather can throw at you
  • new, Health Board-owned, dispensing surgery
  • high QOF, EMIS, GMS
  • newly refurbished Doctor’s house available
  • Octoberish start

I am happy to talk to you about this opportunity. Contact John Holliday, Baugh Surgery, Isle of Tiree, Argyll PA77 6UN. Telephone: 01879 220323, email: john.holliday@nhs.net

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Dewar Centenary: Conference 19th May

A major project is underway to celebrate the centenary of the Dewar Report of 1912.  Dewar, along with his committee, undertook a review of healthcare in Scotland’s Highlands & Islands, which resulted in a revolutionary scheme to safeguard recruitment, retention and recognition of rural general practice in these areas.  It is credited as providing a blueprint for the NHS, which was subsequently founded in 1948.

As part of these celebrations, a one-day conference in Inverness has been organised for Saturday 19th May.  An exciting programme of short presentations by doctors and historians will include a re-enactment of scenes from the collection of evidence that happened 100 years ago.  This mini-play was first performed at the Highland Medical Society GP evening and proved to be very popular with the audience, generating much enthusiastic discussion.

Further information on the conference, including a downloadable programme, is available on the Dewar Centenary website at the link below:


Registration is free: details from the website above.  The conference will be open to anyone with an interest in the subject, so feel free to invite friends and family too, and spread the word in your area.

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NES Rural Fellowships now online

NHS Education for Scotland are now recruiting for the next round of GP Rural Fellowships – due to start in August this year.  Aimed at GPs who have recently finished training (including those who are expecting to complete training in August), they offer an excellent opportunity to combine experience in rural practice, with supported study leave for additional skills and professional development.

Full details are available from the NES website.

Photo: Creative Commons Licence: Colin Campbell
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Maternity Leave Locum: Lochgilphead, Argyll

Commencing August 2012.

Practice based in a newly built community hospital.
Minimum 8 daytime sessions per week participation in out of hours preferable (community hospital, A and E and GMS work) with second on call back up.
Accomodation available.

We’re a 7 doctor, 6500 patient practice in a lovely part of the West coast of Scotland.  As well as the providing the usual GMS services, the community hospital OOH work provides variety and challenge.

For more information and to apply, please contact Practice Manager Muriel Miller Muriel.miller@nhs.net 01546 462002 by 30th March.


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Rural Track GP Training in Scotland

Details of the new rural-track GP Training programmes are emerging from NHS Education for Scotland.  Planned to run over four years, they will equip trainees with the experience necessary not only for the MRCGP assessments, but provide enhanced clinical experience for following careers in rural practice thereafter.

Of particular interest is the prospect of Out of Area Experience in the third year, with possibilities of anaesthetic training, access to additional specialty training, or even travel to third and developed world centres.

The rural track programmes are likely to be very popular.  Likely locations include Lochaber, Argyll, Orkney and Shetland.  For further details you can visit the information page here.


Photo: Mid-Argyll Community Hospital & Integrated Care Centre, Lochgilphead
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