The Job


North & West Highland (Remote & Rural) Operating Unit

Post Ref:  ES1.19.65

Rural Community Nurses

Isle of Raasay

Full time / Part time hours available permanent

Salary Band 6 – £30,401 – £38,046 per annum


An exciting opportunity has arisen for qualified, experienced, competent and confident nurses who would like to join the Community Nursing Team on the Isle of Raasay. The post holders will work predominantly on their own providing generalist nursing care to the island with 24/7 on-call cover, always supported by medical cover just across on Skye

Professor Sir Lewis Ritchie’s Report of May 2018 into out of hours care in Skye, Raasay and South West Ross gave rise to an innovative approach to healthcare here when he saw the need for equity of access to services even where numbers are relatively small. His drive towards making this area a centre of excellence for remote and rural healthcare offers suitable candidates a remarkable opportunity to be part of this forward thinking.

Applications are invited from experienced, highly motivated nurses who are able to evidence up to date clinical knowledge and skills, and have an interest in working in a remote and rural setting. Accommodation will be available to rent on Raasay because the work has an on-call requirement.

Raasay offers a rare opportunity to provide cradle to grave personal nursing and primary care with continuity while working as part of a mutually supportive team. You will have a considerable degree of autonomy in your role, liaising with colleagues and line manager based on North Skye and with access to support from GPs in Portree and Rural Practitioners in MacKinnon Memorial Hospital in Broadford when required.

The successful candidates will be adaptable, resourceful and confident working without a hospital or GP at hand and be responsible for assessing, planning, implementing and reviewing the health care needs of patients and families. Other duties will include monitoring and audit, treatment room and community nursing activities. The post holders will be the First Clinician on Scene in providing emergency care on the island

Rise to the challenge and enjoy the opportunity – Raasay is a wonderful place to live, work and bring up a family and offers low pollution, low crime, abundant wildlife, amazing scenery and a great community spirit. To find out more about living and working on Raasay, please explore the website such as our community and local business pages.

For an informal discussion, please contact: Kate Earnshaw, District Manager, Skye Lochalsh and Wester Ross on 01471 822137, kateearnshaw@nhs.net or Jean Slimon, District Nurse, on 01470 521216, jean.slimon@nhs.net.

Ann Macleod, retired Community Nurse, is happy to be contacted for an informal chat about living and working on Raasay – 01478 660338, annsandymacleod637@btinternet.com


An Application Form and Job Description can be downloaded via the NHS website www.jobs.scot.nhs.uk or available from, and to be returned to, the Employment Services Section, Assynt House, Beechwood Business Park, Inverness, IV2 3BW or by emailing your name and address to nhshighland.recruitment@nhs.net.

For information about living and working in the Highlands please visit https://nhshighland.medical.careers.global 

Short-listed applicants will normally be contacted by email, unless otherwise stated.  Please check your emails regularly, including your junk/spam folder.

Closing date for receipt of completed application form – Monday, 19th August 2019.