Where we work
NHSScotland is made up of 14 regional Health Boards. Each one is responsible for protecting and improving the health of the population, and for delivering frontline healthcare services in its geographic area. There are also 8 national Health Boards. They support the regional Boards by providing specialist and national services across the whole of Scotland.
You can find more information about our health workforce on the Scottish Government website.
Recruitment contact details
Recruitment contact details for all NHSScotland Boards are listed below.
Regional Health Boards
NHS Ayrshire and Arran
NHS Ayrshire and Arran is the health board responsible for the protection and the improvement of health and for the delivery of frontline healthcare services to almost 400,000 people across the three Ayrshire local authority areas, including the Isle of Arran.
NHS Borders is the health board responsible for providing health care services to protect and improve the health of the people of the Borders and plan services for the local population. It serves a population of around 110,000.
NHS Dumfries and Galloway
NHS Dumfries and Galloway is the health board which provides health care and promotes healthy living for the 150,000 people living in the region.
NHS Fife is the health board responsible for providing healthcare and improving the health of the people of Fife. It serves a population of around 370,000.
NHS Forth Valley
NHS Forth Valley is the health board responsible for healthcare service across the Clackmannanshire, Falkirk and Stirling local authority areas. It serves a population of just over 300,000.
NHS Grampian is the health board responsible for providing health and social care services to a population of over 500,000 people. It covers the Aberdeen City, Aberdeenshire and Moray local authority areas.
NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde
NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde is the largest health board in the UK, providing health and social care services to a population of over 1.2 million people. It covers the City of Glasgow, East Dunbartonshire, East Renfrewshire, Inverclyde, Renfrewshire and West Dunbartonshire local authority areas.
NHS Highland is, geographically, the largest health board in Scotland, covering an area of over 12,500 square miles and serving a population of 300,000. It provides healthcare services to the Argyll and Bute and Highland local authority areas.
NHS Lanarkshire is the third largest health board in Scotland, serving a population of 650,000 across rural and urban communities. It is responsible for healthcare services to the people of North and South Lanarkshire.
NHS Lothian provides a comprehensive range of primary, community-based and acute hospital services for the second-largest population in Scotland, serving over 850,000 people. It covers the City of Edinburgh, Midlothian, East Lothian and West Lothian local authority areas.
NHS Orkney is the smallest health board in Scotland and is responsible for providing healthcare services to the population of Orkney, which is made up of approximately 21,500 people. It provides a comprehensive range of primary, community-based and acute hospital services.
NHS Shetland is the health board responsible for providing healthcare services to the population of Shetland, approximately 23,000 people. Local hospital and community Services are provided from the Gilbert Bain Hospital. In addition, visiting consultants from NHS Grampian provide out-patient clinics.
NHS Tayside is the health board responsible for commissioning healthcare services for the residents in the local authority areas of Angus, the City of Dundee and Perth and Kinross. It serves a population of around 415,000 and is headquartered at Ninewells Hospital, Dundee.
NHS Western Isles
NHS Western Isles (Eileanan Siar) is the health board responsible for delivering primary and secondary healthcare services to the 26,000 people living in the Outer Hebrides. It has three hospitals, the largest of which being the Western Isles Hospital in Stornoway.
National Health Boards
NHS Golden Jubilee
NHS Golden Jubilee is a national Health Board which includes the Golden Jubilee National Hospital The modern, purpose-built facility combines a top-quality hospital with hotel and conference facilities and centres for research, clinical skills, and innovation.
Healthcare Improvement Scotland
Healthcare Improvement Scotland works to improve health and social care services across Scotland. The organisation works with people at every level of the health and social care system, to make sure improvements in care are informed by the experiences of people who deliver and people who use the services.
NHS 24 provides the 111 telephone advice and triage service across Scotland, that also covers the out-of-hours period. It also delivers online health information services, including NHS Inform.
NHS Education for Scotland (NES)
NES is the education and training body within the NHS in Scotland. The organisation is responsible for developing and delivering healthcare education and training for the NHS, the health and social care sector, and other public bodies.
NHS National Services Scotland (NSS)
NSS is a national health board which provides national strategic support services and expert advice to othe Boards in NHS Scotland. It also plays an active and crucial role in the delivery of effective healthcare to patients and the public, including the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service.
Public Health Scotland
Public Health Scotland is the lead national agency for improving and protecting the health and wellbeing for all citizens in Scotland. The organisationuses data, intelligence, and a place-based approach to lead and deliver Scotland’s public health priorities.
Scottish Ambulance Service
The Scottish Ambulance Service provides immediate medical assistance to people across Scotland. The Patient Transport Service also helps people to reach their healthcare appointment, or for their admission to and discharge from hospital, when support is required due to medical or clinial needs.
The State Hospitals Board for Scotland
The State Hospital is a high secure forensic hospital. It provides assessment, treatment, and care for patients who have been detained under The Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003 / 2015 who require secure care needs.
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