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10 reasons to train as a junior doctor in Scotland

Posted: Wednesday, August 02, 2017

Scotland is fast becoming the preferred training and career destination for the next generation of junior doctors. Here are 10 reasons why

1) Leader in the field

Scotland plays a leading role in promoting quality healthcare internationally. The 2016 OECD review of healthcare quality praised the Scottish healthcare system’s “innovative patient safety initiatives [and] world-class training programmes”.

2) Welcoming and friendly

Scotland was recently ranked second on the Rough Guide list of best countries to visit in 2017. Rough Guide also named Scotland as one of the 10 friendliest countries in the world, and Glasgow was named as the world’s friendliest city in a poll of the site’s 120,000 social media followers.

3) Varied career paths

The Scotland Deanery offers 297 approved training programmes across four regions and 65 specialties for medicine. There are induction programmes for doctors moving to Scotland for the first time, as well as courses for former GPs looking to return to practice, and support is available for specialty and associate specialty doctors and dentists looking to develop their careers.

4) Quality of life

The Highlands and Islands of Scotland are renowned the world over for their stunning natural beauty, and recent studies show that they are also some of the most attractive places to live and work in the UK. Orkney was named the second best place in the UK to live in the 2016 Bank of Scotland quality of life survey. The survey showed that people in Orkney had the lowest anxiety levels in the UK and, along with people in Scotland’s Western Isles, were most satisfied with life.

5) Digital innovation

Scotland’s health system is a world leader in digital transformation and innovation. Healthcare professionals working in Scotland have access to an advanced online learning platform, designed and developed by NHS Education for Scotland, that allows them to easily manage continuing professional development and revalidation. The country has also been recognised as a model for other European nations in providing “comprehensive strategies to advance innovation” for active and healthy ageing.

6) Diverse and inclusive

Scotland is a nation with an open and inclusive culture, and a strong tradition of equality and diversity. The 2016 Rainbow Index, which looks at areas including legal protections from discrimination, equality in family law, and rights and recognition for transgender and intersex people, listed Scotland as the top country in Europe for LGBT equality and rights for the second year running.

7) Focus on research

Well-developed infrastructure and world-class academic and clinical expertise combine to create a vibrant environment for research. With its stable, centralised population and readily available health data, Scotland has become one of the world’s most attractive locations for research and clinical trials.

8) Dynamic cities

As well as its stunning rural scenery and wide open spaces, Scotland is also home to a number of vibrant, cosmopolitan urban areas. Edinburgh, home of the world-famous fringe festival, has been named the UK’s best city for the third year in a row in a country-wide poll. Recent satellite mapping also showed that the Scottish capital has more green space than any other city in the UK, with Glasgow second on the list.

9) Mentoring and advice

To make sure prospective trainees have access to the best possible advice and information about their careers in Scotland, NHS Education for Scotland has recruited a cohort of trainee ambassadors to share their stories of living and working in Scotland. Their experiences are at the heart of Scotland’s efforts to recruit the next generation of medical professionals.

10) Open and inviting

Doctors from all around the world have found their home in Scotland. Junior doctors with EEA national status are eligible to train and work here after completing the GMC alternative certificate of competency. And, via the Medical Training Initiative endorsed by the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, international (non-EU) junior doctors can also apply to train and work in Scotland.

This page was last updated on: 09.11.2017 at 12.07.