Why should you consider becoming a rural GP? Easy. The benefits of becoming a GP in a rural area of NHS Highland are numerous and varied.
Rise to the challenge and gain rich experience
In the rural Highlands, your role as GP is so much more. It is hands-on, varied, challenging, stimulating and vital – whether you are working in a small remote practice or as part of a rural community hospital or health centre. You will need to engage your sound clinical reasoning, make decisions, and embrace a level of responsibility beyond that of a regular urban GP.
The area covered by NHS Highland consists of 41% of Scotland’s land mass, making it the largest and most sparsely populated Health Board in the UK. From road accidents to heart attacks, whatever the emergency, you might be the only doctor available until more help arrives. And, due to your remote and possibly island-based location, this help may be on its way by helicopter!
Be a valued member of the community
Being a rural GP is not only immensely rewarding in terms of the experience you gain, but also through your value within the local community. It’s true that on-call commitments can extend beyond the hours typically required of a city-based GP, but the satisfaction of serving a close-knit community can be unparalleled. Rural GPs know their patients, and their patients know them.