Consultant Vacancies

Information on open consultant vacancies taken at a census point, for each NHS board, broken down by speciality.

A vacancy is a post which has been cleared for advert after being through the redeployment process (internal or external advert) and remains a vacancy until an individual starts in the post. All data is presented as whole time equivalents.

All publications and supporting material to this topic area can be found on the NHSScotland Workforce page of the NES Turas Data Intelligence website.

Data visualisation of Consultant vacancies is available on the Medical and Dental dashboard.

Please note this dataset is no longer updated with new data releases from 1st April 2020 onwards. The newest data is now made available on the NES Turas Data Intelligence website, along with all publications and supporting material related to NHS Scotland Workforce.

Data and Resources

Additional Info

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Source Vacancy data is sourced from the ISD(M)36c return.
Author Data Group
Version 1.0
Last Updated August 27, 2020, 15:59 (BST)
Created June 1, 2018, 14:45 (BST)
Contact Address Data Group, NES Digital, NHS Education for Scotland, Westport 102, West Port, Edinburgh, EH3 9DN
Subject Vacancies
Frequency Quarterly
Time frame of data and timeliness 3 months in arrears
Coverage All 22 NHS territorial and National Bodies and Special Health Boards are covered. Data for NHS vacancies is representing a snapshot for the date the data are collated and verified by the health boards.
Completeness 100% completeness across all mandatory indicators.
Accuracy 100% accuracy across all completed indicators.
Continuity of data All data are continuous.
Concepts and definitions Please see the Glossary of Terms ( and FAQs (
Disclosure Data is not considered sensitive and no suppression has been applied.
Revision statement These data are not subject to planned major revisions.
Official statistics designation Previous quarterly Workforce publications have been released as National Statistics by ISD Workforce. NHS Education for Scotland (NES) anticipates becoming an accredited provider of Official Statistics in December 2019. For the current publication NES has voluntarily applied the UK Statistics Authority’s Code of Practice for Statistics ( ).
Relevance and key uses of the statistics Published information is used to support local, regional and national workforce planning.
Format CSV
Language English

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