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Job reference: 157483
Salary: Band 6 (£37,831 - £46,100)
Job closing date: 03/09/2023
Job Type: Nursing and Midwifery
Location: NHS Shetland
Employment type: Permanent
Hours Per Week: 37.5 hours a week
Job posted date: 28/07/2023
Employer (NHS Board): NHS Shetland
Department: Community Nursing

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District Nurse/Nurse Practitioner – Fair Isle (Ref: 157483)

Substantive Post

Full Time – 37.5 hours per week

Band 6 - Salary Range £37,831 - £46,100 per annum plus

Distant Island Allowance of £2,256 per annum

Relocation Assistance of up to £8000 is available

Are you looking for your next career move??  Want to make a difference to the lives of the community you live and work in through the provision of a holistic truly person-centered service?

Fair Isle, renowned for its welcoming atmosphere and resilient community, as well as for its world famous knitwear and seabirds, is the southernmost of the Shetland Islands lying half way between Shetland and Orkney and is owned by the National Trust for Scotland.

With a current resident population of approx. 50, you will provide a nursing service for both the islanders and also for the many visitors that are drawn to the isle over the long summer months for work, bird watching or tourism.  The post holder will be responsible for providing care in both planned and emergency situations, acting as first point of contact providing effective nursing assessment and treatment during an emergency in liaison with the General Practitioners based at Levenwick on mainland Shetland or in collaboration with the Scottish Ambulance Service.

The post holder may also be expected to provide personal care for islanders, as required, in the absence of on-island based social care provision.

You will be an experienced District Nurse or Nurse Practitioner and utilise your Advanced Clinical Assessment Skills and  Non-medical prescriber status to “see and treat” individuals with a minor illness/minor ailment independently without regular recourse to a medical practitioner. 

Clinical support and supervision is available via the wider Community Nursing team and GPs based at Levenwick. A high degree of personal resilience is required to undertake this remote island post.

General IM&T skills, including the ability to record, retrieve and update on clinical systems as well as use Near Me to support clinical consultations are required. The post holder may also be required to undertake work remotely for other practice areas throughout Shetland based on their clinical expertise. This will be through technology enabled systems such as Ask My GP, Near Me, and will be subject to effective telecommunications in order to facilitate this.

The post holder is expected to work a 5 day working week, flexibly over the 7 day period in order to meet the health and care needs of the islanders. The standard working week will predominantly be a Monday to Friday, day time service 9:00am-17:00pm).  Support and access to healthcare in the out of hour’s periods will be via NHS24.  Service redesign work is currently ongoing with the community to develop a service model which can best support the needs of islanders across the 24/7 time period, this includes looking at increasing overall community resilience.  The Island Nurse is expected to actively contribute and support the development of the new service model.

There is a 2 bedroomed traditional stone build house available for the post holder to rent on the island.


Rise to the challenge and enjoy the opportunity - Shetland is a wonderful place to live and work.  Shetland offers low pollution, low crime, excellent schools, great leisure facilities, unique wildlife and amazing scenery, whilst still only a short flight away from the UK mainland.  To find out more about living and working in Shetland go to and/or

For further information on the post please contact Jayne Stopher-Walker (Clinical Team Leader) on 07584618098  

Further information on Fair Isle can be found at or or for an informal discussion on island life in general please contact Eileen Thomson on 07765 602683

Closing date: 03/09/2023     

Interview Dates – 14/09/2023

If you require assistance or encounter any technical issues with your application, please e-mail support at including the vacancy reference number and “NHS Shetland” in the subject line.

In promoting equal opportunities, we welcome applications from all sections of the community.

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