Nurse wanted for Raasay island role

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Islanders on Rassay are calling on nurse looking for ‘a real shift in lifestyle’ to join their community.

Currently there is no resident cover for the 170 people living on the island, after the last resident nurse retired 10 years ago. Since 2015, the community has upped its campaign to reinstate a nurse on the island.

A report in May 2018 by Professor Sir Lewis Ritchie into out-of-hours care in Skye, Raasay and South West Ross cited the need for equity of access to services even where numbers are relatively small. His drive towards making the area a centre of excellence for remote and rural healthcare offers candidates an opportunity to be part of this forward thinking.

Kate Earnshaw, district manager, NHS Skye Lochalsh and Wester Ross, said this is an exciting opportunity for a ‘suitably qualified and experienced nurse’ to join the Community Nursing Team and make a real difference to healthcare provision on Raasay.

She continued: ‘We hope this opening will appeal to candidates looking for a real shift in lifestyle. Raasay is a wonderful place to live and work and we look forward to attracting lots of applications.’

The Community Nursing Service is provided seven days a week from 8am to 4.30pm and is run in collaboration with Portree Medical Practice, Community and Acute Hospitals, Social Work and Voluntary Agencies. The team also provide an on-call overnight service for unscheduled care 24/7.

The nurse will be responsible for assessing, planning, implementing and reviewing the health care needs of patients and families, and is the First Clinician on Scene in providing emergency care on the island.

The job is being advertised as full time or part time and will fetch a salary between £30,401 and £38,046. It is hoped to appoint more than one nurse.

Anne Gillies, chairwoman of Raasay Community Council said: ‘A resident nurse on Raasay will be a huge boost to the community. It will make an enormous difference, particularly to families with young children and our elderly population. We’re all very happy at the prospect of having a nursing presence on the island again.’

For more details visit the NHS Highland website.