Am Bratach No. 329
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GP post on offer in Scourie, KLB and Durness
NHS Highland is currently recruiting for a salaried GP in the combined
practices of Scourie, Kinlochbervie and Durness in an attempt to end a
longstanding reliance on locum cover.
A spokesperson for NHS Highland
said that the practice was currently covered by one salaried GP alongside“a
regular cohort of locum GPs”. He added: “Locum doctors are employed to cover
day-time appointments, and also provide Monday to Thursday evening on-call
for the area. This is a temporary situation until such time as we recruit to
the vacant post. The weekend out-of- hours GP cover is provided from 6pm on
Friday evenings through to 8am on Monday morning; this is a separate
contract covered by the NHS Highland out-of-hours service, and the cover is
usually provided by GPs working in a locum capacity.”
Prior to the
retirement of Durness GP Dr Alan Belbin in 2015, the practices were run
separately, with a single doctor in Durness and another serving Scourie and
Kinlochbervie. A 2016 report on GP recruitment and retention published by
the Royal College of General Practitioners in Scotland cited the practice as
an example of recruitment difficulties in rural areas. At that time, Dr Anne
Berrie was working in Kinlochbervie and Scourie on a part-time basis for
two-and-a-half weeks a month. The Durness post was said to have been “widely
advertised”with no applicants.
The report identified workload, lack
of support, work-life balance and a lackof available GPs as the main
obstacles to recruitment and retention in rural areas.
vacancy, which was advertised on February 4 with a closing date of April 5,
invites applicants to “come to North West Sutherland and be the doctor
you’ve always wanted to be.” The post is offered on a full or part-time
basis at a salary of £77,090to £86,898 pro rata, with an expectation to
share the on-call rota two nights per week.