NHS Orkney

Locum GP

Source: Talent GB

Would you enjoy the opportunity to work intermittently on one of the outer isles of Orkney, with time to address the holistic needs of your patients in these remote island communities? We are currently recruiting to our Locum GP Bank and are looking for GPs with a passion for delivering patient-centred care. We also occasionally use our GP Bank to cover the Orkney Mainland Out of Hours (OOH) service.

The Orkney archipelago comprises a large central island and around 70 smaller islands; of which 17 are inhabited and 10 have a 24/7 healthcare presence. The total population of Orkney is about 22,000, with approximately 3,000 live on outer islands. Orkney OOH GP service covers Orkney Mainland and the linked Southern Isles (Approximately 19,500 people) during the OOH period.

NHS Orkney uses the GP Locum Bank predominantly to cover short term vacancies, for example when practitioners are unable to work due to illness or to take compassionate leave. This means that our requirements are often at short notice. We are fortunate to have a group of very experienced and reliable GPs on our Locum Bank and we are looking for more GPs who would like to join them.

The Isles Network of Care (INOC) is a unique model designed to support our resident clinicians on the outer isles who provide continuous 24/7 care to our communities. INOC brings together GPs and Community Nurses on Westray, Stronsay, Sanday and Hoy with Nurse Practitioners on Rousay, Flotta, Shapinsay, Eday, North Ronaldsay and Papa Westray.

INOC meets weekly by Microsoft Teams to discuss interesting cases or significant events, to discuss relevant issues, to learn together and to support each other. They are also linked by a WhatsApp group which provides an effective and immediate communication channel. As a locum island GP you would therefore always have experienced colleagues to call on for advice and support.

We require our Bank GPs to have undertaken the BASICS Scotland Pre Hospital Emergency Care Course, or to have relevant experience that will equip you to deal with emergencies in the community. NHS Orkney provides standardised protocols, equipment and medications to support our practitioners deliver emergency care.

To get a flavour of working and living in Orkney see our video at Further information can be found at or and

Due to unforeseen absence, immediate cover on the Isles is required for:

Thursday 29th July until Tuesday 3rd August

Monday 2nd August until Thursday 5th August

If you have any availability between these dates, can you please contact us via the email address below. Speak with Leona or Rhona so they can answer questions, help you with your application or put you in touch to speak with one of our Isles GPs.

If you do not have availability for these dates, but are interested in joining us, we would still love to hear from you!

Closing date Friday 16th July

Time has been set aside for relaxed and informal interviews to take place via Microsoft teams on Wednesday 21st July, however alternative dates can be arranged if this does not suit.

We look forward to hearing from you.


3 days ago



Orkney, Scotland

NHS Orkney

Full Time, Part Time

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