Senior Community Nurse
Primary Care Department
Band 6 £34,386 - £42,050 including Distant Islands Allowance pro rata per annum
Bank – As and when required
Are you ready to develop new generalist skills and build on your experience?
Could your nursing skills and experience help us to achieve our vision of becoming a centre of excellence in remote and rural healthcare?
NHS Orkney aspires to being a centre of excellence in remote and rural healthcare and we are keen to recruit a Senior Community Nurse who shares this vision to support our teams. NHS Orkney uses the Bank predominantly to cover short term vacancies, for example when clinicians are unable to work due to illness. This means that our requirements are often at very short notice. We are fortunate to have a group of very experienced and reliable Nurses on our Bank and we are looking for more Nurses who would like to join them.
Orkney is an archipelago of islands with the majority of the 22,000 population living on the Orkney Mainland. 2,200 people live on the outer islands. NHS Orkney has 10 practices on the outer islands serving communities that range in size from 55 to 600. The larger island practices are staffed by GPs with Community Nurses and the smaller islands by Advanced Nurse Practitioners with visiting GPs.
The post holder will work as part of a small health and social care team who all work on a rotational basis, providing 24/7 healthcare to the smaller islands of Orkney. Weekly video-conferences enable clinicians to share knowledge and experience to overcome professional isolation and provide strong peer support.
You will be accountable and responsible for the clinical and professional leadership of the Band 5 Community Nurse and be adaptable, resourceful, and confident to work without the resource of a hospital at hand. The role involves assessing and planning the health care needs of patients and families, monitoring the quality of care they’re receiving and be professionally accountable for delivery of care. Other duties will include treatment room activities and providing emergency cover as necessary.
Applications are invited from experienced Band 6 nurses who are forward thinking, highly motivated and are able to evidence up to date clinical knowledge and skills. You must have an ability and interest in working and developing a wide range of skills in a remote and rural setting, working across the lifespan.
Rise to the challenge and enjoy the opportunity - Orkney is a wonderful place to live and work and offers low pollution, low crime, excellent schools, good leisure facilities, unique wildlife and amazing scenery, whilst still only a short flight away from the UK mainland. To find out more about living and working in Orkney go to or and further information on NHS Orkney can be found at