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Remote Scottish island seeks new nurse

Fed up of the hustle and bustle of hospital life? A dream nursing job has just become available on the remote Scottish island of Fair Isle.
Fair Isle

Fed up of the hustle and bustle of hospital life? A dream nursing job has just become available on the remote Scottish island of Fair Isle

NHS Shetland is searching for a nurse for Fair Isle, which has a population of 60, with the nearest GP surgery 40 miles away.

Situated in the 50-mile gap between the Orkney and Shetland islands to the north east of Scotland, it takes around two and half hours for a ferry crossing between the island and mainland Shetland with just one crossing a week in the winter or three times a week in the summer.

Alternatively residents may travel by plane, either on one of the regular week day services or prior booking.

Non-doctor island nurse

Fed up of the hustle and bustle of hospital life? A dream nursing job has just become available on the remote Scottish island of Fair Isle

Fair Isle
The remote Shetland island of Fair Isle where the nearest GP surgery is 40 miles away.
Picture: Alamy

NHS Shetland is searching for a nurse for Fair Isle, which has a population of 60, with the nearest GP surgery 40 miles away.

Situated in the 50-mile gap between the Orkney and Shetland islands to the north east of Scotland, it takes around two and half hours for a ferry crossing between the island and mainland Shetland – with just one crossing a week in the winter or three times a week in the summer.

Alternatively residents may travel by plane, either on one of the regular week day services or prior booking.

Non-doctor island nurse

The health board is looking for a band 6 nurse practitioner to fulfil the role of 'non-doctor island nurse', acting as the first point of contact for health needs.

The job advert reads: 'You must be able to work autonomously, providing nurse care to a high standard and be able to use you own initiative to address healthcare issues within this remote island setting.

'Professional colleagues and other non-doctor island nurses will provide mentorship and clinical supervision. A degree of personal resilience is also required to work in this single-handed post on a non-doctor island with support available via telephone or videoconference link.'

Relocation allowance

The selected nurse will work Monday to Friday, and provide a weekend on-call service.

They will also have the opportunity to rent the 'Nurses House' on the island, while working day to day in a separate clinic facility.

As a band 6, the nurse will be entitled to a salary of between £26,565 and £35,577. They will also qualify for a relocation package of up to £8,000 and the distant island allowance of £1,172.

Applications close on April 24, for more details click here.

The current island nurse Elena Mera Long – who plays the church organ during Sunday services – is leaving at the end of April to take up a post in Romania, according to the Scotsman.


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