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NHS Tayside

NHS Tayside has excellent opportunities in most specialty areas. These include general adult psychiatry, psychiatry of older adults, forensic psychiatry, learning disability, CAMHS and addiction psychiatry. You'll be part of a welcoming and friendly multidisciplinary team wherever you work.

Get to know the area

Tayside is situated on the eastern sea border of Scotland. The 4 main areas are:

  • Angus - The Glens, Cairngorms, and Carnoustie
  • Perthshire - Perth, Cairngorms, and Crieff
  • Dundee City - innovation and design
  • North East Fife - St Andrews and the East Neuk

The countryside of Perthshire and Angus are areas of exceptional natural beauty. Its glens and mountains are part of the Cairngorm National Park.

Dundee and Perth are vibrant, modern cities in stunning locations on the River Tay estuary. Both are surrounded by pristine beaches and ancient forests with easy access to skiing, hiking, and mountain biking in the Cairngorm Mountains and the Angus Glens.

Living in Tayside

Tayside and North East Fife are home to top-ranking state and private schools and world-class colleges and universities. Tayside also offers diverse accommodations ranging from city centre-based flats, waterfront living, and Victorian or Georgian villas to more rural farmhouses or coastal homes.

Local and broader transport networks are excellent. Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen are just over 60 minutes away by train. The Scottish Highlands are easily accessible, offering opportunities for various outdoor pursuits. There are flights to London from Dundee Airport, and Domestic and International flights from Edinburgh and Aberdeen Airports are less than an hour away.


Dundee is Scotland's fourth largest city, within an hour of Edinburgh and its international airport. The city has a strong history and culture of design, innovation, and research. It is home to the V&A museum and cutting-edge industries, such as groundbreaking medical and biotechnology, and creative industries, including computer software and games development. The United Nations designated Dundee as the UNESCO City of Design, the first in the UK.

The city is a diverse and dynamic student city with 3 higher education institutions and around 40,000 students. The University of Dundee is ranked in the top ten for undergraduate Medicine and Life Sciences in the UK and the top 200 Worldwide. The University was voted 'University of the Year for Student Experience' in the Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020.


Perth is known as 'the Fair City'. Located on the banks of the River Tay and steeped in historical importance, it is the former site used for the crowning of The Kings of Scotland. Perth offers a wide range of entertainment, eateries, and independent shops. As the gateway to the Highlands, you can start your journey from Perth to explore the north of Scotland.

Photo: VisitScotland / Kenny Lam

Working as a psychiatrist in NHS Tayside

Tayside is one of the 4 major teaching and training centres for psychiatry in Scotland. We host the East of Scotland psychiatry training scheme with the University of Dundee School of Medicine.

The mental health service operates principally out of 2 hospital sites:

  • Carseview Centre on the Ninewells Hospital site in
  • Murray Royal Hospital in Perth

We also host the regional forensic secure unit (Rohallion) and the North of Scotland CAMHS inpatient service. Community mental health services are predominantly provided via 3 Health and Social Care Partnerships. 

As expected, there is a full range of supporting specialist services, including the following:

  • community perinatal
  • intensive home treatment
  • eating disorders
  • rehabilitation
  • psychotherapy

The department is fully committed to providing clinicians with the most attractive job plans, including additional PAs for roles in education, quality improvement, and research. You will be fully supported throughout to develop your specialist interests, ensuring satisfaction throughout your career.

We strive to provide high-quality, safe, effective and person-centred healthcare, continually improving clinical outcomes for patients who use our services.

To achieve this, we are committed to ever-closer integrated working with patients and our other healthcare partners and embedding a culture of continuous improvement.

View all psychiatry vacancies on our recruitment website.

Contact us

Dr Peter Le Fevre

Operational Medical Director

Caitlin Crosbie

Personal Assistant

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