About NHS Highland

NHS Highland is one of 14 territorial boards in NHS Scotland. The population is 320,000 people and we cover over 32,500 square kilometres, making it one of the largest and most sparsely populated Health Boards in the UK. We employ approximately 10,500 people making us one of the biggest employers in the region so our staff are also important members of our communities. As an organisation, we make a very significant contribution to the local economy.

Our diverse geography includes Inverness, one of the fastest growing cities in Western Europe and 36 populated islands (23 in Argyll & Bute and 13 in Highland).

Benefits to living in the Highlands

There are also huge benefits to living in the Highlands and Argyll & Bute and a wealth of knowledge and skills in our communities. Our mix of urban, remote and rural and island communities make NHS Highland a unique place to live and work. Frequently voted as one of the happiest places to be we can offer you a quality of life that you don’t get elsewhere.

We enjoy some of the cleanest air in the UK and access to exercise outdoors amongst beautiful scenery. Our communities are close-knit and supportive. And, as a major employer, we have the power to develop career paths that retain and attract talent to the area.

Benefits to living in the Highlands

We believe that people living in remote and rural areas deserve the same health and care opportunities as those in cities or more densely populated areas. Crucially, in order to deliver this, we must work in partnership with our communities, listening to and learning from them, to deliver services.

The Board

The Board includes two Local Authority areas, Highland and Argyll & Bute. Operationally, activities are managed by the Highland Health and Social Care Partnership (Highland Council area) and Argyll & Bute Health and Social Care Partnership (Argyll & Bute Council area).

Aim High Aim Highland

Jayne Halcrow, Anaesthetic Lead For The NTC

If you’re aiming to take the next step in your career, then NHS Highland is a great place with lots of opportunities to do that.

Andy Pyott, Acting Service Lead For Ophthalmology NHS Highland

Training opportunities are growing, we always get good reports from people who come to study and learn from us. Because we are able to give very close supervision, we are able to mentor junior doctors or optometrists or orthoptists who are now joining the department.

Colin McNair, Clinical Lead For Orthopaedics

I can speak from experience having been a trainee myself here many years ago, its a great diverse population to work with.

Given the geographical area we are in, we’re exposed to a full gamut of trauma from a high velocity of road traffic accidents to injuries encountered by outdoor enthusiasts such as mountaineers, skiers, ice climbers as well as catering for a huge tourist influx in summer so year on year we’ve seen a substantial rise in trauma operating gear.

Latest News

First Minister Humza Yousaf opens the National Treatment Centre - Highland. Pictured with (l-r) Pam Dudek, Chief Executive of NHS Highland and Sarah Compton-Bishop, Chair of NHS Highland.

First Minister officially opens National Treatment Centre – Highland

June, 2023

12 June 2023

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Xue Min Healthcare Support Worker at NTC Highland

From skyscrapers to mountainscapes: Meet Xue Min, Health Care Support Worker at NHS Highland

April, 2023

Opening to patients in April this year, the new National Treatment Centre in Inverness will specialise in providing Ophthalmology and Orthopaedic care. The workforce who were temporarily placed at Raigmore Hospital will now be transitioning to the NTC-Highland building on Inverness Campus. With the opening fast approaching, we heard from Xue Min, Health Care Support worker at NHS Highland who will be one of the team members making the move. 

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National Treatment Centre Highland
National Treatment Centre Highland

New National Treatment Centre opens to public for exclusive first look next month

March, 2023

The new National Treatment Centre - Highland will open its doors to the public for the very first time next month for an exclusive first look at the state-of-the-art facility.

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Michael Riach and Colin McNair NHS Highland
Michael Riach and Colin McNair NHS Highland

Aim High, Aim Highland: Recruitment milestone reached for new NHS Highland treatment centre

February, 2023

80% of roles have now been filled at the new NTC-Highland as operations prepare for opening

A key milestone has been reached for the new state-of-the-art National Treatment Centre-Highland, with 80% of roles now filled in preparation for the fast-approaching opening.

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The presence on Inverness Campus of the Life Sciences Innovation Centre and the National Treatment Centre (Highland) will allow greater collaboration between NHS staff, researchers and businesses to innovate in the field of health and life sciences.

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Photos by Alison White

Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) is the developer of Inverness Campus where the National Treatment Centre (Highland ) is located and the Scottish Government’s economic and community development agency for the north and west of Scotland.

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Ladies on exercises bikes

The NHS Scotland Academy is an exciting partnership between NHS Golden Jubilee and NHS Education for Scotland offering accelerated training for a wide range of health and social care roles and professions.

Health Check

The NTC's programme, announced by Scottish Government in 2015, aims to provide the highest standards of care through a network of modern, efficient NTCs each offering their own specialisations. The capacity the NTCs offer will help reduce waiting lists across Scotland.

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