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Drive to attract more junior doctors

Published: 7 Feb 2016 09:00

#juniordocscot campaign to highlight benefits of training in Scotland

A recruitment drive to attract more junior doctors to live and work in Scotland has been launched by the Scottish Government.

A series of videos, featuring interviews with the Chief Medical Officer and trainee doctors working in NHS Scotland, have been produced to highlight the many positive aspects of training, working and living in Scotland.

They follow four junior doctors working across Scotland training in a range of medical specialities – including Acute Medicine, General medicine, Stroke Medicine, Emergency Medicine, General Practice and Rheumatology.

The videos form part of the #juniordocscot social media campaign which will run until 9 March - the deadline for trainees across the UK to submit their applications for medical specialty training places.

In addition, adverts are being placed in medical career journals to raise awareness with doctors across the UK of the opportunities that training in Scotland provides.

Launching the recruitment drive, Health Secretary Shona Robison said:

"Junior doctors are valued members of our healthcare team here in Scotland and are integral to our continuing drive to improve care to the people of Scotland.

"These videos feature the real life experiences of junior doctors who are working and training in our NHS right now. Their stories illustrate the fantastic opportunities for training available in Scotland – whether that is working in inner city communities or with remote and rural populations, all within a flexible and supportive training environment.

"Scotland has a strong record of high quality medical training and our Deanery regions are consistently rated amongst the UK's top medical training centres for trainee's overall satisfaction. And as a Government we continue to maintain strong, positive relationships with the profession and enjoy a collaborative working relationship.

"I would encourage junior doctors across the UK and beyond to consider the exciting opportunities that the NHS in Scotland provides."

Scotland's Chief Medical Officer, Dr Catherine Calderwood, who features in the main video, said:

"I am delighted to be involved in this drive to encourage more junior doctors to consider the opportunities Scotland provides for their future careers.

"I am extremely proud of the strong record we have of delivering high quality training, as well as our fantastic academic research and development opportunities.

"The NHS in Scotland has a strong focus on continual development and improving the quality of services we provide. We aim to grow junior doctors into the medical leaders of the future - providing opportunities for clinicians at all stages to deliver the highest quality of patient care."

Notes to editors

Main video: https://youtu.be/1zWFVlVjuGM

Case study videos:

1. Rosemary Hollick is a Clinical Research Fellow and Specialty Registrar Rheumatology working in Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, NHS Grampian: https://youtu.be/kAGwX4nADDI

2. Alistair Dewar is a Clinical Teaching Fellow in Emergency Medicine working in the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, NHS Lothian: https://youtu.be/HIX31yUeRiY

3. Lynsey Yeoman is a recently qualified GP, who works as the Health Inequalities GP Fellow for the West of Scotland, in the Hunter Street Homeless Practice and NHS Education Scotland: https://youtu.be/ukMXdl_fS84

4. Will Rutherford is a Specialist Training Registrar in Acute, General and Stroke Medicine working in in the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, NHS Lothian: https://youtu.be/Upt0yN4s9SI

Follow the #juniordocscot campaign on Twitter - @scotgovhealth

For more information about medical training in Scotland, visit the Scottish Medical Training Website: http://www.scotmt.scot.nhs.uk/