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Pharmacy

NES Co-ordinated Remote and Rural/Difficult to Fill Programme

As a development within the PRPS, NES Pharmacy is exploring with a number of Training Providers the delivery of a programme to support remote & rural posts or posts which are traditionally more difficult to fill. Training Providers were invited to nominate posts for inclusion in this programme and we have the following posts on offer for the 2019-20 Training Year:

Training Provider & Employer

Pharmacy Address

Bairds Pharmacy

144 Mid Street, Keith, Banffshire, AB55 5BJ

Bannerman's Pharmacy

4 Anderson Street, Dunblane, FK15 9AJ

Boots UK

27 Market Square, Melrose, TD6 9PL

NHS Borders

Borders General Hospital, Huntlyburn, Melrose, TD6 9BS

Care Pharmacy

55 Main Road, Irvine, KA11 3AX

Carmmunock Pharmacy

17 Busby Road, Carmunnock, Glasgow, G76 9BP

Charles Michie Pharmacy

24 Market Square, Stonehaven, AB39 2BE

Doon Valley Pharmacy

5 Cathcartston, Dalmellington, KA6 7QY

F & F Coffey Ltd

Wemyss Pharmacy, 21 Main Road, East Wemyss, KY1 4RE

Gordons Chemists

16 George Street, Oban, PA34 5SB

JMC Healthcare Ltd

Bankton Pharmacy, Hawthorn Road, Prestonpans, EH32 9QW

Lloyds Pharmacy Ltd

69 High Street, Granton-on-Spey, PH26 3EG

M Farren Ltd

45 Main Street, Muirkirk, KA18 3QR

Norvik Pharmacies Ltd

Buckpool Pharmacy, 12 St Andrews Square, Buckie, AB56 1BU

Right Medicine Pharmacy

Ford Hill, Isle of Skye, IV49 9AB

Rx Pharmacy

73a Lanark Road, Carstairs, ML11 8QL

Tarland Pharmacy

1 The Square Tarland, Aboyne AB34 4YL

Websters Pharmacy

45 High Street, Strichen AB43 6SQ

Well Pharmacy

96-98 High Street, Alness, IV17 0SG

WHB Sutherland

Laings Pharmacy, Kantersted Road, Lerwick, Shetland, ZE1 0RJ
(currently at 101 -103 Commercial Street, Lerwick, ZE1 0BD)

Please follow the links against each listed post to access more information on the post descriptors and the relevant contact details for each training provider.


Who would this programme be for?

These posts will appeal to candidates who would enjoy working as part of a multi-disciplinary health care team, who are interested in developing their skills and knowledge of different pharmacy environments, and in gaining experience of delivering direct patient care in more rural or challenging areas. Candidates need to be flexible and willing to work in any of the posts under this programme if successfully matched via the PRPS recruitment process.

Why choose this programme?

Within Achieving Excellence in Pharmaceutical Care – A Strategy for Scotland1 one of the commitments was enhanced access to pharmaceutical care in remote and rural communities. This strategy stated “Nearly 20% of our population live in rural Scotland. Remote and rural communities are growing at a faster rate than the rest of Scotland, and have higher levels of older people. Consideration needs to be given to how we introduce technology enabled care initiatives into mainstream practice. We want to overcome barriers to attracting, educating, and training pharmacists and pharmacy technicians to work in remote and rural communities in order to improve access to pharmaceutical care, deliver better health outcomes for people and help sustain service in remote and rural communities, including dispensing doctor practices.”

We want to encourage candidates to consider these training posts which all have something different to offer in supporting this commitment. Within the workplace you will encounter interesting patient populations, unique pharmacy services and experiences and challenging environments. From a personal perspective it is an opportunity to live and work in an area which can offer the great outdoors, beautiful scenery and some interesting activities and sports that you just don’t get in more central locations.

1. http://www.gov.scot/Publications/2017/08/4589

How to Apply

  1. Review the post descriptors and identify the post(s) which interest you within this programme.
  2. Make contact with the relevant person for the post(s) as listed on the post descriptor.
  3. Have a discussion by phone or in person with these training providers to find out more about the pre-registration training post(s) on offer and ask any questions you may have about the post.
  4. The training provider will also ask you a series of questions to identify your suitability for inclusion on the programmes preference list.
  5. Each training provider will provide nominated candidates for inclusion in the overall programme preference list.


Contact must be made prior to the 13th July 2018 to be considered in time to meet the PRPS training provider deadlines.

Posts in this programme which remain unfilled after the first round of PRPS Recruitment 2018 will be entered into a second-round event to maximise the opportunity to fill all of these for the 2019-20 training year.

Please contact Gail Craig for more information on the preference list process.

Gail Craig
NES Pharmacy – Principal Lead PRPS
0141 223 1610

gail.craig @nes.scot.nhs.uk