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NHS Western Isles has launched a campaign to recruit two new Rural Acute GPs to join the healthcare team on the stunning Isles of Barra and Vatersay. 

The posts, which have already been described by one medic on social media as the ‘dream job’, provide a rare opportunity for two GPs with a sense of adventure and passion for remote and rural medicine to escape the rat race and embrace a more healthy work-life balance. 

These new roles, which cover both the NHSWI new 2c Barra Medical Practice and St Brendan’s Community Hospital, offer a 40 per cent enhanced rate above the GP Doctor Grade, whilst also providing the opportunity to live and work on one of Britain’s most beautiful and idyllic locations.

To further add appeal, successful applicants will get relocation expenses to assist with a move to Barra, as well as a £10,000 Golden Hello payment.  

NHS Western Isles Medical Director, Dr Frank McAuley, said: “This is a very rare and rewarding opportunity to escape the rat race and practice medicine in idyllic surroundings, where you will become a true member of a community that was previously named ‘Best UK Community’, ‘Best Scottish Community’ and ‘Best Island Community’. 

“These roles will appeal to experienced GPs, but also those earlier in their careers looking for the challenge of widening their clinical skills and providing holistic care in a remote but supported environment. These are roles that present excellent opportunities for the development of skills and confidence, with the remote-island location providing an unrivalled extra sense of responsibility and reward.” 

Whilst the posts themselves present an opportunity for medics to expand their skills and experience through both hospital and GP Practice work, the unique and stunning location of Barra and Vatersay, often referred to as ‘Barradise’ and famed for isolated white sands and clear crystal waters, is hoped to appeal to GPs looking to improve their work-life balance.  

With a closing date of 23 June, NHS Western Isles hopes to be able to appoint to these posts as soon as possible, so that the local population has a sustainable and stable service. The new GPs will join a strong and dedicated team of clinical staff already resident on Barra and Vatersay. 

“Whilst there are challenges associated with these types of more remote roles, we have a strong team in place, both on island and remotely, to provide support and guidance,” said Dr McAuley. “This is a positive challenge and an opportunity to embrace a new way of working, a chance to grow your skills and experiences and to take a positive step towards a healthier and more fulfilling way of life.”

The vacancy details are available at: Job Detail - NHS Scotland | Jobs | Search here for your perfect career 

Anyone interested in the posts are invited to contact Dr McAuley on 01851 708050 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.