Life­style draws medics to re­gion

The Oban Times - - News -

NINE out of 10 con­sul­tants em­ployed by NHS High­land say tak­ing a job with the health board was a life­style choice.

More than half say they were at­tracted by NHS High­land’s clin­i­cal rep­u­ta­tion, hav­ing heard it was ‘a good place to work’.

NHS High­land re­cently sur­veyed its con­sul­tants to get views and data to help in­form fu­ture re­cruit­ment.

The board has long had a prob­lem recruiting and re­tain­ing staff, par­tic­u­larly in some of its more re­mote and ru­ral ar­eas.

Asked what at­tracted them to work­ing for NHS High­land, 88.9 per cent said it was def­i­nitely or prob­a­bly a life­style choice.

Three- quar­ters said it was a mat­ter of tim­ing – they were look­ing for a con­sul­tant post and one came up in High­land – and 56.3 per cent cited the board’s clin­i­cal rep­u­ta­tion.

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