GP on a rural Scottish Island

We asked a Templars doctor about their experience working as a remote community GP on a rural Scottish Island

What did your role involve?

I am a General Practitioner on Shetland, U.K. My GP position involved general services and out of hours emergency coverage 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for all the islands residents.

Why does remote working interest you?

The appealing factors:

  • Opportunities to see new/different places.
  • Higher than average pay.

Are there any specific skills you need?

  • Highly developed communication, planning and organisation skills.
  • Experienced medical background with high level of clinical experience.
  • Dedication to work and willingness to face    challenges.
  • The ability to work well independently as well as a team member.
  • The ability to work in a cross – cultural environment.

How was the service Templars provided?

It is extremely helpful; everything is arranged by the agency. The team are very friendly.

What is working remotely like?

The work is challenging yet very refreshing. Being faced with enormous breadth of practise is one of the reasons that I choose remote work.

What is the local area like?

The area is tranquil, surrounded with glittering lochs and golden beaches, Shetland’s landscapes really take your breath away.

How did you utilise your free time?

This was an opportunity to enjoy the unique, evocative landscape of the Shetland Islands, with a visit to one of the most important archaeological sites in Europe. I also visited one of the most accessible sea bird colonies in the United Kingdom, where hundreds of puffins and other birds may be observed at close range during most of the Spring and Summer.

How is remote working different?

Patients there know me very well and they appreciate my help very much. I really feel needed there.

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