Out of Hours

General practice is 24/7 and general practice out-of-hours (GP OOH) services in Scotland provide cover for patients over 70% of the week (118 hours) when GP Surgeries are closed. They also provide cover when GP practices are closed for extended periods across bank holidays.

Across Scotland GP OOH deal with around a million patient contacts per year. When people need urgent care outwith core service hours, generalist primary care professionals provide timely support and advice that connects people to the services they need.

The main users of GP OOH services are children, older people and people with long-term conditions, palliative care needs or mental health problems.

The GP OOH services offer both salaried and sessional work which deals with urgent primary care problems.

The work is fun, varied and very rewarding, and there are opportunities across Scotland. If you are interested in working for one of our GP OOHs services please get in contact with the OOH contact for the region you are interested in.

If you're not sure where in Scotland you'd like to work, find out more on the about the different parts of Scotland in our "Regions" section. 


GP Development Fellowship scheme

  • Are you a recently qualified GP or a less recently qualified GP looking for a change?

  • Are you looking for an opportunity to get some more experience in daytime and out of hours general practice and work as part of a regular team?

  • Do you want some dedicated paid time to focus on professional development activities?

  • Do you want to develop your Urgent general practice skills?

Come and be a GP Development Fellow working within both daytime practice and out of hours services, with additional funded time to concentrate on your professional development.


The role has three distinct components:

  1. 14 hours per week for the local OOHs service – all types of out of hours shifts will be an option including evenings, nights and weekends;

  2. 14 hours per week for professional development – there will be the opportunity to consider activities such as medical education, leadership or teaching alongside working on a Quality Improvement project

  3. Two days a per week within a set GP practice – there will be the opportunity to choose a practice from those supporting this programme.

This post is available up to 48 hours, at a pro-rata salary circa £85,000 but there is flexibility for reduced hours commitments. If you think this sounds like an interesting opportunity for you, please get in touch with the Board you would like to work in.


NHS Ayrshire & Arran

Dr Scott McCulloch



NHS Borders

Dr Gordon Sim

 01896 826000


NHS Dumfries & Galloway

Di Anderson
Interim Service Manager


NHS Fife

Joyce Kelly,
Primary Care manager, Fife


NHS Forth Valley

Dr Karyn Webster and Cheryl Johnson (Lead ANP) Clinical Leads


NHS Grampian

Magdalena Polcik


NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde

Derek Johnston


NHS Highland

Dr Lorien Cameron-Ross

Clinical Director Out of Hours (North Highland)



NHS Lanarkshire

Dr Iain Hathorn


NHS Lothian

Cathy Grant
Administration Manager

✉ cathy.grant@nhslothian.scot.nhs.uk

NHS Orkney

Maureen Firth
Head of Primary Care


NHS Shetland

Lisa Watt
Service manager


NHS Tayside

Lisa Prudom
Head of Service

✉ llisa.prudom2@nhs.scot

NHS Western Isles

Michelle Taylor
Family Health Services Manager