Where to find us
Ever thought about a Qualified Ambulance Paramedic or Qualified Ambulance Technician career in the Highlands of Scotland? If so, we may have a post for you…
Maybe it is time for a change? Or maybe you have always fancied working in some of the UK’s most stunning scenery? Well, the time is right to come and join us!
The Scottish Ambulance Service is currently recruiting for new colleagues in the following locations:
• Grantown on Spey
• Fort Augustus
• Tomintoul (Paramedic vacancies only) (No on call)
We are proud to provide an emergency ambulance service to the people of the Highlands of Scotland and, although we are working in the backdrop of the pandemic, we are continuing to develop the Service at pace with the provision, and improvement, of patient care at the forefront of everything we do. We are now embarking on our next 10-year strategy that will see the Service further develop the clinical care we deliver.
What do we need from you?
We are looking for both Qualified Paramedics and Qualified Technicians.
If you are a paramedic, we need you to be HCPC registered and have a full C1 category on your driving licence. If you are a Qualified Technician, we require you to hold a FutureQuals L4 APP qualification or an IHCD Technician award (or equivalent) and have a full C1 category on your driving licence.
But more than that, we are looking for people who want to help us in the delivery of high-quality care to the people of the Highlands. Our staff are exceptional and have a real passion for what they do. The Scottish Ambulance Service consider it a privilege to care for the people of Scotland and if you feel the same way too, apply now.
Why the Highlands?
The Scottish Highlands make up 33% of the land area of Scotland and 11.4% of Great Britain. With the lowest population density in Scotland it is not surprising that the Highlands offer amazing scenery along with welcoming people, a unique culture, dramatic landscapes, romantic castles and a fascinating history. From the lively capital city of Inverness to Britain’s highest peak, Ben Nevis, there is something for everyone in this part of the country.
Caithness and Sutherland: Lairg, Thurso and Wick
Caithness and Sutherland are two counties that cover the Northeast coast to the Northwest coast of the Scottish Highlands. Caithness is an ancient land that was lived in by the Picts and invaded by the Vikings, and Sutherland derives from the Norse word “Sudrland”; the land to the south of the Norse earldom of Orkney and Caithness.
The two counties are part of the famous North Coast 500 and contain the most northerly point of mainland Scotland, John O’Groats, as well as The A’Mhoine Peninsula which will become the UK’s first space port. The counties also feature the world famous Royal Dornoch golf course, an internationally recognised surf spot around the Thurso east reef, a number of stunning sandy beaches, remote mountain ranges, and a variety of historical buildings.
With the Caithness General Hospital, Lawson Memorial Hospital, and Dunbar Hospital all located within the counties, as well as a number of global companies investing in employment, an offshore project being a leading example of development in the green energy sector, and the numerous tourist attractions, there are a range of employment opportunities in the area. Wick Airport has also recently re-introduced scheduled flights to Aberdeen with links to further destinations. With the towns of Wick and Thurso, crofting and farming communities, fishing towns and villages, and remote landscapes, all with a strong sense of community, there are a number of locations you can reside in to meet your wants and needs.
Skye and Lochalsh: Mallaig, Strontian, Kyle, Broadford and Dunvegan
The Island of Skye, on the West Coast of Scotland, has some of the most fantastic scenery. Surrounded by the Munro Mountains, the area is ideal for people wishing to relocate for outdoor adventures.
From Easter until late October the Isle of Skye is a very popular tourist location, attracting visitors from all around the world wishing to come to Skye for holiday breaks and visit this stunning island. With its varied wildlife and rich history of clan warfare, dinosaur fossils, highland clearances, and the Jacobite Rebellion, as well as being approximately two hours drive from the town of Fort William and city of Inverness, it is not only a great place to visit, but also to live.
On the West Coast mainland lies Mallaig and Strontian. As well as breathing taking scenery you have the silver sands on Morar beach. Mallaig looks over the water to the Isle of Skye, and small isles of Eigg, Muck, Rum and Canna. Strontian covers the most westerly point in the UK mainland which is Kilchoan and, although not an island, the scenery is equally as stunning.
Cairngorms: Grantown on Spey, Kingussie, Fort Augustus and Tomintoul
The Cairngorms National Park is the largest of the UK’s national parks and contains five of the UK’s six highest mountains, forty-three Munros, and nine nature reserves. It is located in the Scottish Highland, 30 miles from Inverness, 42 miles from Aberdeen, 127 miles from Edinburgh, and 140 miles from Glasgow.
The Cairngorms National Park is home to 3 ski resorts, each offering something different from the famous “White Lady” at Cairngorm, the challenging black run ‘The Tiger’ at Glenshee, and the family-friendly Lecht as well as 30km cross country ski trails in Glenmore. The landscape on the Cairngorms makes it perfect for hiking, biking, and paddling on one of the many lochs. It is also home to diverse wildlife including 25% of all the UK’s endangered species, as well as ospreys, golden eagles, red squirrels, the Scottish wildcat, and capercaillie.
The Cairngorms contains a number of towns and villages including Aviemore, Kingussie, Grantown-on-Spey, Boat of Garten, and Tomintoul, and just west of the Cairngorms National Park is Loch Ness, famous for the elusive Loch Ness Monster, “Nessie”, with villages including Fort Augustus and Invermoriston.
Ross-shire: Dingwall and Lochinver
Ross-shire is a historic county in the Scottish Highlands, south of Sutherland and north of Inverness-shire. There are a number of towns including Tain, Scotland’s oldest royal burgh, Dingwall, home of Ross County football club, Fortrose, close to Chanonry Point, a prime location for dolphin spotting, and Invergordon which has a ferry terminal where cruise ships stop.
Inverness, the capital of the Scottish Highlands, is less than an hour’s drive from the majority of Ross-shire’s towns and villages. The city is home to a University of Highlands and Islands campus, Eden Court Theatre, Raigmore Hospital, Eastgate Shopping Centre, and a number of different businesses. Inverness has a train station with various links through the UK and an airport with domestic and international flights.
In west Ross-shire, Ullapool, a picturesque fishing town, has a ferry that travels regularly to and from Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis. Thirty-six miles north-west of Ullapool is Lochinver, a fishing village in south-west Sutherland. Lochinver is on the North Coast 500 route and offers white sandy beaches, incredible mountain views, unique wildlife and a famous pie shop.
Qualified Ambulance Technician Salary - Band 5 - £26,104 - £32,915
Qualified Ambulance Paramedic Salary - Band 6 - £33,072 - £40,736
How do you apply?
Please click on the ‘Apply for job’ button at the bottom of this page and follow the on-screen instructions. You will receive an automated response as soon as you have submitted your application. Due to pressures within the Service, there may be delays in us being able to progress with your application, we will be in touch with you as soon as we have concluded the shortlisting process.
If you believe you have the necessary skills, experience, and passion to succeed in this role, we look forward to receiving your application.
Paramedic, Ben Jackson, speaks on why he relocated to Scotland to join the Scottish Ambulance Service - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Y3cKp4SXbQ.