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Rural and Remote Placement Opportunities

In NES, we support opportunities for doctors in training to gain experience in remote and rural locations recognising the unique personal and professional experiences this can bring and the importance of delivering healthcare equitably and accessibly across our population . We offer a wealth of different settings with experienced and enthusiastic trainers where such experience can be gained however this is not available in all Deanery regions.

We have therefore collated the rural and remote placements on offer in each medical specialty across Scotland. If you are interested in exploring the possibility of a rotation to one of these locations, please contact your Training Programme Director who can liaise with your Associate Postgraduate Dean to make enquiries across regions. Whilst we cannot guarantee that rotations can be supported, we will endeavour to work with you to understand what you would like to get from an R&R placement and how we might support this. 

 Rural and Remote Placement Opportunities:

    IMT Stage 1 AIM Cardiology Diabetes &Endocrinology Gastroenterology Geriatrics IMS2 Renal Respiratory Rheumatology
NoS Shetland, Gilbert Bain x x       x x      
  Western Isles x           x      
  Oban, Lorne & Islands Hospital             x      
  Fort William, Belford x           x      
  Caithness General Hospital x           x      
  Inverness, Raigmore Hospital x x x x x x x x x  
  Elgin, Dr Gray's Hospital x x       x        
WoS Dumfries & Galloway Royal Infirmary x x       x   x    
  Ayr, University Hospital   x x             x
  Inverclyde Royal Hospital   x   x         x x
SES Borders General Hospital x x   x x x x      
  Victoria Hospital, Kirkcaldy x x x x x x x x x x
  St. John's Hospital, Livingston x x x x x x x   x  




Associate Postgraduate Deans

Rural and Remote surgical FY taster weeks: Alan Grant alan.grant@nhs.scot

Useful links:

Information hub for The National Centre for Remote and Rural Health and Care

Rural and Remote Health Credential


This page was last updated on: 02.05.2024 at 11.07