NHS Scotland

NHS Employers

There is a wide range of experiences and possibilities for career development available to staff working in NHSScotland.

We provide health services to some of the most remote populations in Europe and to urban centres with some of the most advanced facilities in the world.

Services are organised into a number of territorial NHS boards (14) that are responsible for the purchasing and delivery of health care services in their region. They work closely with local authority colleagues in social care to provide services in community, primary, secondary and tertiary care settings.

We also have a number of non-territorial boards (usually referred to as "Special Boards"). These boards provide a range of specialist services to support the health of the population and the effective running of the system. Ambulance services, health promotion, collection of service data for management and analysis, procurement services, staff education, provision of patient information and advice online and out of hours are some examples of the work of special boards.

You can find out more about NHSScotland employers in the sections below.

Regional Healthboards

Special Healthboards

Around 160,000 staff work across 14 territorial NHS Boards, seven Special NHS Boards and one public health body (Health Improvement Scotland).

Scotland's healthcare workforce includes:

  • around 4,900 consultants (providing around 4600 WTE)
  • around 67,000 nurses, midwives and health visitors (providing around 58,000 WTE)
  • around 4,800 general practitioners (providing around 3,700 WTE)
  • over 500 nurse practitioners and 1,600 registered nurses working in GP surgeries.
  • dentists
  • around 4,000 pharmacists, mostly working in community pharmacy positions, with around 1,200 retail pharmacies across Scotland.
  • opticians
  • allied health professionals