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Job reference: 150350
Salary: Salaried GP (£66,031 - £98,555)
Job closing date: 23/06/2023
Job Type: Medical and Dental
Location: St Brendans Hospital
Employment type: Permanent
Hours Per Week: 40
Job posted date: 23/05/2023
Employer (NHS Board): NHS Western Isles
Department: Medical

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NHS Scotland is committed to encouraging equality and diversity among our workforce and eliminating unlawful discrimination. The aim is for our workforce to be truly representative and for each employee to feel respected and able to give their best. To this end, NHS Scotland welcomes applications from all sections of society.

Rural Acute GP – Barra


£66,031 to £98,555 plus 40% enhancement

Plus Distant Island Allowance £1,279 per annum

41 days Annual Leave per annum

Permanent Post


and the Golden Hello scheme – £10,000

The Isles of Barra and Vatersay are equally renowned for their shimmering beaches and turquoise waters as they are for their warm welcome and strong sense of identity and community. It is in this unique, safe and idyllic location that a rare opportunity has arisen for two GPs with a sense of adventure and passion for remote and rural medicine to escape the rat race and embrace a more healthy work-life balance with NHS Western Isles.

We are looking for two self-reliant and highly-motivated GPs to join our multi-disciplinary team, working closely with our developing Advanced Nurse Practitioners, Integrated Nursing Team, and other primary care specialist clinicians, including our Primary Care Pharmacist and First Contact Physiotherapist. Peer support will also be provided from consultant teams in Stornoway and from mainland colleagues, including emergency retrieval teams.

These new roles, which cover both our new 2c Barra Medical Practice and St Brendan’s Community Hospital, will appeal to experienced GPs, but also those earlier in their careers looking for the challenge of widening their clinical skills and providing holistic care in a remote but supported environment. These are roles that present excellent opportunities for the development of skills and confidence, with the remote-island location providing an unrivalled extra sense of responsibility and reward.  

The ability, drive and commitment to work as part of a team, sometimes at a distance, and to contribute to the local development of primary care and acute services is important. You will be expected to support clinical colleagues, including medical, nursing, mental health and Scottish Ambulance Service colleagues.

The Isles of Barra and Vatersay within the Outer Hebrides have a vibrant community of approximately 1300 people. The Isles are a special place, offering enviable scenery and good leisure facilities; but also particularly popular with families looking to relocate to a safe place to raise their children, with excellent schools, low crime rates, and affordable housing.

These posts qualify for the Golden Hello scheme and relocation package. Job shares will be considered.

For more information on living and working in the Western Isles, visit our website: or for more information on Barra and Vatersay visit:

NHS Western Isles is legally obliged to ensure all its employees have the right to work in the United Kingdom. If you are not a United Kingdom (UK) or Irish National, you are required to confirm your right to work in your application.

Applicants must be included on the NHS Western Isles Performers list and registered with the GMC. Must be a member of a recognised medical defence society. 

The successful applicants will be required to register with the PVG (Protecting Vulnerable Groups) Scheme.

All NHS Western Isles vacancies appear on NHS Scotland website along with a job description.

For further information, contact Dr Francis McAuley, Medical Director, NHS Western Isles on 01851 708050 or

Any further queries please contact tel: 01851 762027

​​​​​​​Closing Date: 23rd June 2023


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