District Nurse/Nurse Practitioner - Non Doctor Island of Skerries

NHS Shetland
Out Skerries, Shetland (GB)
£32,118-£39,560+Distant Island Allowance £1,895+Relocation Assistance up to £8000 is available pa
13 May 2021
14 Jun 2021
Contract Type
Full Time

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

Out Skerries is Shetland’s most easterly outpost with a current resident population of 27. 

Being the nurse on the non-doctor island of Skerries you will provide a nursing service to the resident population for episodes of both planned and emergency care, acting as first point of contact providing effective nursing assessment and treatment during an emergency situation in liaison with the General Practitioner based on the neighbouring island of Whalsay or in collaboration with the Scottish Ambulance Service.

The postholder is also 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 on Whalsay.

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 postholder 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 has a 5 day weekly work pattern of Thursday to Monday, 9am – 5pm, to reflect the increased island population at the weekend upon the return of those residents who work out with the island during the traditional working week of Monday to Friday.  Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays will be paid at the enhanced rate.

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. 

For more information and to apply please click on the APPLY button 

Closing date 14th June 2021 


For further information on the post please contact: 

Edna Mary Watson, Chief Nurse (Community) on 01595 743377

or Ian Sandilands, Clinical Team Leader on 01595 743096

Further information on Skerries can be found at https://www.shetland.org/visit/plan/areas/skerries 

or for an informal discussion please contact:

Mr Douglas Anderson, Chair of the Skerries Community Council on 01806 515258.

Closing date: 14th June 2021

Informal Visit to island (25th June) with Interviews to be held in Shetland 28th June 2021 (subject to travel restrictions at the time)

If you require assistance or encounter any technical issues with your application, please e-mail support at helpdesk@helpmeapply.co.uk 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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