The city of Inverness offers an unrivalled quality of life, a pleasant and safe environment in which to live, a varied cultural life and first rate educational opportunities. The unemployment rate is one of the lowest in the country and pollution is the lowest of any city in the UK. One of the cleanest and most scenic city environments to be found anywhere in Europe. There is easy access to the coast, lochs, mountains and glens that help make the Highlands the most dramatic and scenic part of the United Kingdom, supporting a wide range of outdoor pursuits from mountain biking, climbing and skiing, to sailing and wildlife observation and conservation. A wide and growing range of indoor sporting, leisure and cultural activities are available in and around Inverness for when the weather is inclement A recent study by estate agents Savill’s ranked Inverness 5th out of 189 British cities for its quality of life.
Working in the Highlands doesn’t mean professional isolation. NHS Highland encourages its consultants to make full use of funded study leave to keep up to date and develop new expertise. There are six flights daily to London airports facilitating study activities or participating in Royal College activities.
The Centre for Health Science (www.centreforhealthscience.com), a unique £40 million collaboration between Highlands and Islands Enterprise and the European Union, provides exceptional postgraduate educational facilities on the Raigmore Hospital site. The centre is also the base for a range of undergraduate programmes run by Aberdeen and Stirling universities and home to a number of specialist clinical services and research institutes. Participation in research and teaching is encouraged and there are opportunities for more substantial academic commitment if desired. Adjacent to the hospital, the Inverness campus of the University of the Highlands and Islands has recently opened and will host part of the new Scottish postgraduate medical school– see www.uhi.ac.uk to appreciate the scale and ambition of this project.
Radiology reporting is facilitated by NHS Scotland’s national PACS and will benefit from the ambitious programme now under way delivering fibre-optic broadband internet service throughout the Highlands, allowing us to explore the feasibility of working from home. The department is supportive of flexible and part time working. The on-call commitment is currently a 1:10 rota, with outsourcing of most overnight CT scans recently comprehensively extended to include most evening and weekend work. This has been introduced to support a positive work-life balance, to benefit the daytime work of the department and facilitate a competitive recruitment environment.
The radiology department.has excellent working relationship with other clinical specialties in Raigmore Hospital and the Highlands. There is a wide and growing reputation for excellent junior training, high clinical standards, burgeoning academic profile and friendly constructive environment supporting professional development.