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Applications are invited for the post of Specialty Doctor in Urgent and Emergency Care.

Working in the largest and what are considered to be the most attractive Scottish Islands offers a unique opportunity to combine modern and progressive clinical practice with a life style that is difficult to match.  The post offers a unique opportunity to develop skills and knowledge as an urgent and emergency care practitioner to prepare for a career in remote and rural medicine, General Practice, most specialties or Emergency Medicine.

It has an innovative approach to the provision of Out of Hours cover which is being developed into an urgent and emergency care multi-disciplinary team including GPs, Paramedics, junior doctors, consultants and Nurse Practitioners.

The successful candidate will work as a member of the developing urgent and emergency care team and will relate to nursing and medical members of the team and be supervised by the GPs and Consultants on-call. The role is designed to encompass: first point of call for NHS24 patients, support of maternity staff with neonatal care, urgent and emergency paediatric care including responsibility for short-stay admissions along with the paediatrician or Children-on-call GP, and will ensure the provision of high quality urgent and emergency care within the A&E and admission unit.

The post holder will be expected to be competent in the management of the normal range of urgent and emergency medical and paediatric conditions and injuries. They will be expected to work together with and on occasions supervise junior trainees and specialist nurses.

Training will be supported and provided as relevant to the post and post holder. The successful applicant will have regular mentoring and reviews with a senior member of the urgent and emergency team.

The post is all out of hours (nights and weekends) working within a highly motivated multi-disciplinary team. Mentoring and initial clinical supervision if required will be provided to ensure competencies are achieved for the various responsibilities. It is anticipated that this will be a challenging but highly rewarding job with education and training provided. By combining out of hours and emergency care this post would suit a variety of individuals at various stages in their careers:

  • Pre and Post Specialty Training looking to develop urgent and emergency skills
  • Transition from specialty posts to GP training and vice-versa
  • Newly qualified GPs looking to improve their confidence around rural work
  • Mature GPs looking for a different experience in a salaried role
  • GPs considering relocation from urban to rural practice
  • European and non-European GPs considering move to the UK and looking for a supported role with some GP experience

This Rural General Hospital serves a population of approximately 26,500.  The hospital is modern and well equipped.  It has 90 beds covering General Medicine (including a 4-bedded high dependency unit and a bay for paediatric patients), General Surgery, Orthopaedics and Trauma, Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Psychiatry and Rehabilitation.

The Hospital has an up-to-date laboratory with ready access to more specialised investigations at neighbouring laboratories and other specialized laboratories in Scotland. The Radiology Department is well equipped for routine radiology, CT scanning, ultrasound and Doppler studies.



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