The right place for your development

The aim of the changes we are making is to ensure patients are able to access the care and support they need, when and where they need it. Our collaborative multi-disciplinary teams will be led by GPs as expert medical generalists, working to make this vision a reality. We want to maintain the relationship-based method of practising medicine that GPs and their patients value.

Our expertise will be centred around seven key priority areas.  Find out where your skills and ambitions fit in. Then check out our Current Roles page to see if there’s a suitable vacancy.

  • Vaccination Transformation Programme

    We’re creating a comprehensive, locality-based adults’ and children’s vaccination service, integrated within Health and Social Care Partnerships (HSCPs). Co-ordinated around existing GP clusters, it will operate within a Tayside management structure.

    For you that means greater flexibility over your role and more scope for career development. As a Registered Nurse, you could work as a dedicated child or adult immuniser, or deliver vaccines as part of a wider Treatment and Care Service in Primary Care.

    You could also be involved with other services that play a part in delivering specific vaccine programmes, such as maternity, paediatrics and community pharmacies.

    Click here to go to our Current Roles page, where you will find all our current vacancies.

  • Pharmacy Services

    Pharmacists and pharmacy technicians working in primary care help patients get the best from their medicines.  We’re committed to innovation, advancing your skills, and driving forward progress in GP pharmacy practice.



    We welcome clinical pharmacists at all career stages. You can expect to work on a range of activities including acute and repeat prescribing, medicines reconciliation, and answering queries about medicines, as well as medication and polypharmacy reviews and running specialist clinics (e.g. chronic pain).

    Whatever your level, our portfolio-based career structure will support and enable you to reach your full potential in General Practice. It starts with our Foundation Pharmacist programme for newly qualified pharmacists, and leads on to our Career Start programme for those with experience who are looking to develop their expertise in Primary Care.

    Our Teach and Treat programme can help more experienced independent prescribing pharmacists to develop their clinical skills so they can manage more complex clinical conditions and multi-morbidities.


    Pharmacy Technicians

    Pharmacy Technicians undertake a variety of GP practice-based roles as well as having a patient-facing role undertaking medicines compliance assessments in the community.

    You can join us from pre-registration stage upwards, supported by a locally developed competency framework that will help you establish and develop your career in General Practice.


    Find out more about our Pharmacy Roles and the experience of some of our current staff below.


    Foundation Pharmacists

    As a Band 6 Foundation Pharmacist, you’ll have the opportunity to gain Primary Care experience in various specialties such as Medicine for the Elderly, General and Old Age Psychiatry, Intermediate Care, care homes, and community hospitals as well as General Practice.

    At the same time, you’ll complete your NES (NHS Education for Scotland) Foundation portfolio with support from tutors and other members of the Primary Care multidisciplinary team. After successful completion of the Foundation programme and an interview, you can progress to the Band 7 Career Start programme.

    “Working as a band 6 Rotational Pharmacist within Primary Care in NHS Tayside is really beneficial to my learning as a foundation pharmacist. I have the opportunity to work directly alongside senior pharmacists and pharmacy technicians, so I feel very supported in my role. My post is very varied and constantly developing, through the roll out of pharmacotherapy, so it is certainly an exciting time to be a Primary Care Pharmacist in NHS Tayside.”

    Alison McMahon, Rotational Pharmacist


    Pre-registration Pharmacy Technicians

    With our support, you can build a future as a Pharmacy Technician in Primary Care. You’ll undertake a nationally recognised training programme with a focus on General Practice.

    “Having worked as a Pharmacy Support Worker in hospital, I wanted a new challenge and the opportunity to develop clinical knowledge. The variety of roles and tasks involved appealed to me and Primary Care is a fairly new development for pharmacy technicians so is likely to produce a number of different opportunities in the future. The training offered is more in-depth and focuses on ensuring that I will be trained to the same high standard as other qualified technicians and therefore be appropriately trained and confident to work post-qualification.”

    Jamie Weir, Pre-registration trainee pharmacy technician


    Pharmacy Technicians

    Once you’ve qualified, there are opportunities to further develop your career in General Practice, utilising local and national training programmes.

    Many Pharmacy Technicians have an increasingly patient-facing role, undertaking medicines compliance assessments in the community.

    “I enjoy being able to interact with patients by seeing them at home and carrying out compliance assessments. It’s essential to ensure medication compliance is adhered to and provide the best outcome for the patient. I encourage them to remain as independent as possible with their medication. It’s very rewarding during a home visit to see the difference you can make to a patient who is struggling to manage their medication by being able to spend some time with them and offer some solutions.”

    Leeann Wright, Senior Pharmacy Technician


    Career Start Programme

    With the support of our GP colleagues, we’ve now launched our Career Start programme for pharmacists new to Primary Care or those progressing from the Foundation programme.

    You’ll be supported to complete the NES General Practice Clinical Pharmacist advanced practice competency framework and submit a portfolio for assessment. There’s also the opportunity to develop your clinical skills in an area of interest – which may also be non-clinical such as quality improvement – all with a focus on professional development.

    “What interests me about the post is how it will aid my career progression. It offers a variety of roles within the week and provides opportunities to work with multidisciplinary teams. It also allows me to explore my area of interest and gain a different range of skills and experiences.”

    Julia Thomson, Locality Clinical Pharmacist


    Teach and Treat

    If you’re an experienced pharmacist with an independent prescribing qualification, you can develop your clinical skills to a higher level by completing one or more of our Teach and Treat programmes, which include chronic pain, diabetes, and post-MI LVSD.

    You can then use your skills to work autonomously with patients to help them get the best outcomes from their medicines. Teach and Treat programmes also encourage closer cross-sector working relationships with specialists.

    “The Teach and Treat programme has helped me develop my clinical skills in chronic pain so I can help more complex patients with their pain management. I have also built up good links with specialists and a group of peers who also have an interest in chronic pain.”

    Diane Robertson, Principal Clinical Pharmacist


    Find out more about the role of Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians in Primary Care

    Apply for a post on our Current Roles page or, if there’s nothing available just now, Register Your Interest and we’ll get in touch when the right job comes up.

  • Community Treatment and Care Services

    Community Treatment and Care Services give you the opportunity to deliver high-quality care close to where patients live. The types of services which may be provided include:

    • Management of minor injuries and dressings
    • Phlebotomy
    • Ear care
    • Suture removal
    • Chronic disease monitoring

    As a Registered Nurse or Healthcare Support Worker, working in the community as part of a close-knit multidisciplinary team can be highly rewarding. You could be based within General Practice or co-located with other health, social and third sector services as part of a larger community hub. The key aim is to allow patients safe, convenient and comprehensive access to treatment and care services.

    Find out more about our Community Treatment & Care Services

    Click here to go to our Current Roles page, where you will find all our current vacancies.

  • Urgent Care (Advanced Practitioners)

    Tayside’s new model will see advanced practitioners acting as first responders for certain urgent unscheduled care presentations and home visits.

    As an Advanced Nurse Practitioner or Advanced Paramedic Practitioner, you’ll be available to assess and treat urgent or unscheduled care presentations and carry out home visits within an agreed local model or system of care.

    We’ll support you in developing your skills and experience to deliver this new service. There may also be opportunities for Advanced Practitioners in Allied Health Professions (AHP), such as experienced Occupational Therapists and Physiotherapists, to train for first responder roles.

    Our existing home and community services are being expanded to include additional housebound and care-home patients. They might have minor illnesses such as urinary and chest infections, or long-term conditions with acute undifferentiated illness, or be palliative care patients or in a care home.

    In Tayside, we’re working hard to further develop opportunities for advanced practice roles, bringing our staff greater levels of autonomous decision making including assessing, diagnosing and treating patients with complex multi-dimensional problems. For example, as an Advanced Nurse Practitioner based within Medicine for the Elderly, you might work with community nursing teams and practices to support complex care coordination and same-day assessment for patients with deteriorating health. You might also support triage of same-day demand within practices. ANPs currently have the authority to refer, admit and discharge within defined clinical areas.

    Click here to go to our Current Roles page, where you will find all our current vacancies.

  • First Contact Physiotherapy Services

    We have Advanced Physiotherapy Practitioner (APP) staff working in the First Contact Physiotherapy (FCP) service across Tayside.

    The Musculo-skeletal (MSK) APP posts work within Physiotherapy Hubs and GP practices and are integrated with the mainstream Physiotherapy MSK service in each of the three Health and Social Care Partnerships (HSCP) in Tayside.

    The staff deliver preventative and anticipatory healthcare at the point of need, and thus act as a first point of contact for patients with MSK issues.

    As an Advanced Practitioner Physiotherapist (APP) in Tayside, you’ll be able to work directly with patients without needing a GP referral. The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) has estimated that 85% of musculoskeletal (MSK) presentations can be addressed safely and effectively in this way.

    Working as part of a wider multi-disciplinary team – including GPs, Advanced Nurse Practitioners, and Prescribing Pharmacists – you’ll not only achieve better outcomes for MSK patients, you’ll also free up GP time, as MSK presentations account for up to 30% of all GP consultations.

    Our staff have developed advanced skills in Injection Therapy, diagnostic test requesting, referral to secondary care and independent prescribing. Most likely working from a hub known as a First Contact Physiotherapy Service (or FCP), you’ll serve a cluster of GP surgeries, and be able to request clinical investigations including x-rays and MRI scans. You can also expect to develop independent non-medical prescribing and the completion of Fit Notes for MSK patients.

    If your application is successful, you’ll be supported via clinical supervision and advanced training.

    Find out more about First Contact Physiotherapy

    Click here to go to our Current Roles page, where you will find all our current vacancies.

  • Mental Health and Wellbeing Support

    Many GP consultations have a mental health aspect, even where this is not the primary presentation.

    After assessment, the GP will often refer the patient to a wide range of services within the health and voluntary sector, as well as encouraging self-care or signposting to online resources.

    A growing number of practices across Tayside now use community link workers (see below) or the listening service Do You Need to Talk to provide additional support.

    In future, all NHS Tayside Practices will have access to a Mental Health and Wellbeing Service, whether practice-based or located elsewhere, such as within a Community Treatment and Care Centre.

    Registered Mental Health Nurses or Mental Health and Wellbeing Peer Workers will provide both direct support and routes into targeted services as well as specialist services for those who need them.

    In Dundee, for example, the Patient Assessment & Liaison Mental Health Service (PALMS) is currently part of two GP clusters and is rolled out to one additional practice in a third cluster.

    The PALMS clinicians offer a 30-minute triage appointment which provides the patient with an opportunity to discuss their current mental health problems. The clinician is then able to provide advice, make recommendations for self-help resources or third-sector services, and can make referrals to any relevant psychology specialties.

    They also provide wider support within the GP practice as part of the multi-disciplinary team working.

    Click here to go to our Current Roles page, where you will find all our current vacancies.

  • Community Link Workers/Social Prescribers

    Social prescribers aim to support people to live as healthy and happy lives as possible, offering non clinical support for a wide range of health and wellbeing related issues.

    Social prescribers can improve access to the information and advice people need to make decisions about their care and support and can assist with access to work, financial issues, loneliness and social isolation as well as more general signposting to community resources available locally such as activity and volunteering opportunities.

    Social Prescribers are non-medical practitioners who work within GP practices or groups of practices (clusters). They help patients navigate and engage with a full range of health, social care and third-sector services. Although a service of benefit to the population as a whole, they often serve socio-economically deprived communities, rural communities or patients with complex conditions and welfare issues.

    Each locality in Tayside has its own specific model in place, but all regard social prescribing as a strategic priority and work in partnership with the third sector.

    Find out more about Social Prescribing

    Click here to go to our Current Roles page, where you will find all our current vacancies.

  • General Practitioners

    It’s an exciting time to be a GP in Tayside! There are GP Partnerships and salaried positions available throughout Angus, Dundee and Perth & Kinross.

    We also offer a variety of bespoke roles from our RCGP award-winning Career Start GP posts to flexible day-time salaried positions, offering great opportunities for a rewarding role while having time for a healthy work-life balance. If you want to work out of hours (OOH), we have dedicated GP OOH salaried roles as well as linked hybrid positions. Find out more about these roles below.

    Career support, mentorship, study leave and CPD time come as standard across all our roles, along with quality improvement. Appraisal support is also available.

    We are sure you will find a post in Tayside of interest to you, that allows you to find the right balance for your life and career aspirations.

    Which one will you choose?

    Career Start GP Programme

    The Career Start GP programme is an innovative & flexible scheme designed for First5 GPs in Tayside.

    It allows you to start a career in General Practice whilst developing a specialty interest. The posts are for two years and allow protected time for CPD and QI. Specialty options include Medical Education, MFE, Palliative Care, MSK, Prisoner Healthcare, AMU & ED.

    Our RCGP ‘Bright Ideas’ award-winning programme is now in its fifth year and has received excellent feedback along with high levels of interest.


    Flexible Careers

    Our Flexible Career GP role is an exciting opportunity to balance the benefits of a salaried post with a flexible approach to a working week.

    Working across a variety of practices, you’ll join an extended team and can develop an area of special interest. We offer an agreed workload across all sessions with advanced planning to give you the highest levels of work-life balance.


    Out of Hours Roles (OOH)

    OOH Salaried roles are a fantastic opportunity if you want to focus on urgent patient care within a flexible working week.

    Working with a wide MDT, you’ll receive a generous salary, be supported by talented colleagues and benefit from numerous educational opportunities. You can join the team from just 10 hours a month up to 40 hours a week in a variety of shifts.


    Hybrid Posts

    Hybrid Posts are ideal if you enjoy the flexibility of urgent patient care as well as daytime practice work.

    These permanent posts offer a simple contract, flexible working hours, CPD time and great leadership opportunities.


    Which post will you choose? Click here to go to our Current Roles page, where you can find out more about all our GP posts and apply for current vacancies.


  • The Role of the GP Practice Receptionist

    General Practice receptionists also act as patient advisers.

    By asking a few simple questions, a GP receptionist can help identify which member of the practice team it would be best for patients to see. There are a lot of different experts involved in Primary Care including pharmacists, physiotherapists, nurses, paramedics and social prescribers and the receptionist can help patients find the right specialist for their healthcare needs.

    Click here for a short video about the role of the receptionist

    Then check our Current Roles page for our latest vacancies.