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Individual Placement Description
Placement General Surgery
Year F2
Region North
Hospital(s) Gilbert Bain Hospital, Lerwick
Main Duties of Placement

You will be part of the surgical team which has 3 consultants, 1 staff grade surgeon, 2 GP trainees and you.

You will be working on the surgical ward, in the emergency admission department, in the surgical outpatient clinic and in theatre.

Typical Work Pattern

There is a timetable with weekly allocations to allow all junior doctors to get exposure to all aspects of the remote and rural surgical experience, i.e. allocations to outpatient clinics, ward work, A & E, theatre sessions etc.

The out-of-hours work is an on-call rota.

The rota is carefully worked out to comply with the EWTD and to ensure that there is always a junior doctor available in the hospital. During nights on-call, you will cross cover for medical patients.

The job is a 1B band with 50% increase, i.e. salary + 50%.

Learning Opportunities

A formalised morning meeting of the department allows feedback and planning. There are regular daily ward rounds.

Journal club sessions are integral to the formal teaching sessions.  We have a regular review sessions with a visiting orthopaedic surgeon.


Video links for regional teaching sessions are provided. There is a regular surgical teaching session once a week. You are encouraged to attend all other teaching opportunities at our hospital, especially governance meetings.

The staff grade surgeon gives regular informal teaching sessions.

Unique Selling Points

You are working directly with the consultants. You can be involved in practical surgical work. The work is very varied with a broad range of learning opportunities.

Shetland is (nearly) a world apart and a wonderful place to explore!

It is important to note that this description is a typical example of your placement and may be subject to change.

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