NHS Scotland

Working in Scotland

Scotland is a great country to make a career in medicine with opportunities for a varied and fulfilling working life. You can work in one of the most advanced health services in the world, in a country with a medical research record second to none. There are opportunities in all aspects of medicine in all types of setting ranging from ultra-specialised, cutting-edge practice to working at the heart of your community in some of the most beautiful and remote countryside in Europe.


Scotland has a strong tradition of medical and biosciences research with our universities consistently in the top 100 world-rankings. We're home to one of Europe’s largest life science clusters with more than 650 organisations employing over 35,000 staff producing world-leading research, development and manufacturing.

The flexibility of working arrangements in NHSScotland makes it an excellent place to work if you're interested in advancing medicine. There's a strong culture of collaboration across research institutes, universities and commercial partners. Organisations like the Farr Institute, Scottish Health Innovations, the Digital Health and Care Institute and the Health Innovation assessment portal are just some examples of the commitment to delivering innovation that is at the heart of Scotland's health quality and life sciences strategies.

NHSScotland is recognised as having some of the best health service data in the world and a population size and diversity that makes Scotland an excellent base for clinical research. Close links with our world-class university sector mean that there are many opportunities for first class health research. Take a look at NHS Research Scotland or look at some of our universities' websites to find out more.


The home of golf, bag-piping, art festivals and the world's biggest Hogmanay, the birthplace of Walter Scott, Conan Doyle, Irving Welsh and a host of other authors, artists, musicians Scotland is a thoroughly cultured place to live. If you like outdoor pursuits, you're never far from hills, mountains, lochs and sea wherever you are in Scotland. And after all the hill-walking and culture, we've some of best food and drink in the world too.

Community and History

With tombs and settlements older than the pyramids, castles and towers that reflect a sometimes troubled past, Scotland has a rich and lengthy history. We've been welcoming, and trading ideas with the world for centuries and continue to be a cosmopolitan and connected place to be, with communities of Scots who've come from all points of the compass. NHSScotland is a product of our community spirit, we put patients at the centre of what we do and collaborate with colleagues from across health and social care services to provide the right services in the right settings across the board.

Working in Scotland

If you're thinking of moving to Scotland to work, and share our values, we'll be delighted to have you. Coming from elsewhere in the UK is straightforward, of course, even though some aspects of service organisation and delivery might be slightly different. Though you won't need a visa, there are some things you'll need to be aware of and steps to complete if you're coming from elsewhere in the EEA and some more rules and visa requirements if you're coming from outside the EEA.

Go to our Information for Applicants page for  details or you'll find up to date information on what's required on the Talent Scotland website at : http://www.talentscotland.com/work/working