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NHS Western Isles

In the Western Isles, our small teams work together to deliver highly personalised care to patients across the whole of their journey. Find out more about our opportunities.

Get to know the area

Commonly known as the Outer Hebrides, these islands are situated off the North West coast of Scotland. From the natural beauty to the close-knit community and unique cultural heritage, the Western Isles offer an exceptional environment for professionals seeking a different way of life and an opportunity to positively impact a rural and beautiful region. 

It boasts breathtaking natural landscapes, including stunning coastlines, pristine beaches, and picturesque islands. There is a slower pace of life, free from the hustle and bustle of busy cities. This creates a more relaxed and peaceful working environment, where stress levels may be lower, allowing you to focus on professional responsibilities with greater clarity and peace of mind. It is a playground of outdoor recreational activities such as hiking, cycling, fishing, sailing, and wildlife observation. 

The Western Isles are easily accessible by ferry or air. A ferry can be taken from various locations along the west coast of Scotland's mainland. Regular flights are also available from the major Scottish airports to the Western Isles. 

Photo: VisitScotland / Kenny Lam

Working as a psychiatrist in NHS Western Isles

The Western Isles, like other remote or rural areas, have limited mental health resources. This provides a unique opportunity for psychiatrists to provide regular, consistent care, which can make a significant difference in improving access to mental health services for the local population. MDT approach is crucial in providing comprehensive care.

Delivering effective and compassionate care

We are blessed to have hard-working team members who support one another in delivering effective and compassionate care to the community. 

Junior doctors training programme

The hospital has an active, thriving training programme for junior doctors. CPD activities are actively encouraged and supported. 

View all psychiatry vacancies on our recruitment website.

Contact us

Mike Hutchison

Associate Director of Mental Health and Learning Disabilities

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