NHS Highland

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Established 2004
Headquarters Inverness
Area served Highland, Argyll and Bute
Staff 10,500
Website www.nhshighland.scot.nhs.uk

NHS Highland is one of the fourteen regions of NHS Scotland. Geographically, it is the largest Health Board, covering an area of 32,500 km² from Kintyre in the south-west to Caithness in the north-east, serving a population of 320,000 people.[1] It directly employs over 10,500 people and there are also around 1,000 primary care staff in the region.[2]

Operational Units[edit]

NHS Highland is composed of one specialist services unit and four Community Health Partnerships:


On 1 October 2001 NHS Highland health board was established. NHS Highland's first board members were announced 10 days later[3]


On 1 April 2006, NHS Highland took over responsibility for part of the former NHS Argyll and Clyde region (corresponding approximately to the Argyll and Bute council area), the other part of which was transferred to NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde.

In April 2012, NHS Highland became the lead agency responsible for Adult Social Care services in the area covered by the Highland Council.[4]

Training Initiatives[edit]

In 2011 NHS Highland announced it would be running a week-long "boot camp" for junior surgeons at Raigmore Hospital, Inverness.[5]


NHS Highland is responsible for a number of different types of hospital- a large district general hospital, 3 rural general hospitals, a psychiatric hospital and a number of community hospitals

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "About NHS Highland". NHS Highland. Retrieved 18 July 2014. 
  2. ^ "NHS Highland Medical Director". BMJ Careers. Retrieved 13 June 2014. 
  3. ^ "Highland NHS Board". Scottish Government. 11 October 2001. Retrieved 11 August 2014. 
  4. ^ "About Adult Social Care". NHS Highland. Retrieved 10 June 2014. 
  5. ^ "NHS Highland runs 'boot camp' for consultants". BBC News. 5 May 2011. Retrieved 30 May 2014. 

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