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Highland Health and Social Care Partnership

One of the best things about working in psychiatry in the Highlands is using accessible technology to meet the challenges of modern rural healthcare while building links with multidisciplinary teams embedded in distinctive local communities. 

Get to know the area

People worldwide are drawn to the spectacular, remote and rugged landscape of the Scottish Highlands. We are a community on the northwest edge of Europe with only the Hebrides and the Atlantic Ocean beyond. There are 240,000 people spread across an area larger than Wales, between mountainous plateaus and a chain of coastal towns along a route known as one of the top 5 in the world. 


Inverness is one of Europe’s fastest-growing cities, with diverse restaurants, entertainment, and sports facilities. The city is set on the banks of the River Ness, which winds from the brooding majesty of Loch Ness to the open waters of the Moray Firth, where the dolphins swim.

We have room to breathe, but we stay connected through direct flights from Inverness Airport to the global travel hubs in London and Amsterdam.

Living in the Highlands

As a place to live, Inverness regularly ranks amongst the best for quality of life, not just for its facilities and schools but because there is so much more to explore right on the doorstep.

If you are lucky, maybe you already know about:

  • skiing in the Cairngorms
  • beaches in Nairn
  • film festivals in Cromarty
  • surfing in Caithness
  • climbing the Cuillin on Skye
  • Belladrum
  • seafood in west coast villages
  • mountain biking in Fort William
  • wild swimming in secret lochs

If you've never experienced the Highlands, maybe now is the time!

Photo: VisitScotland / Colin Keldie

Working as a psychiatrist in the Highlands

Like sparsely populated areas in other countries, we have evolved a hub and spoke model.

Our in-patient facilities are at New Craigs Hospital in Inverness, which has 100 beds covering specialisms including acute, IPCU, dementia assessment, rehabilitation, addictions and learning disability

We offer a range of community specialist services, including forensic and eating disorders. We have led nationally recognised innovations in the management of personality disorders. We also have strong links with research partners in the University of the Highlands and Islands and a wider consortium exploring many areas, including the genetic and immunological aspects of schizophrenia. 

We may be small in numbers, but our interests are broad, and we are self-sufficient in many things!

View all psychiatry vacancies on our recruitment website.

Contact us

Dr Neil McNamara

Clinical Director

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