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Relocating to Lothian
NHS Lothian offers excellent career prospects and a wide range of job opportunities for potential employees. It employs approximately 24,000 staff and offers training and development opportunities as well as excellent staff benefits.
The information provided aims to help support and guide both prospective applicants and new employees unfamiliar with Edinburgh and the Lothians.
NHS Lothian serves a population of approximately 800,000 people living in and around Edinburgh, Scotland’s historic capital city. The geographical area known as Lothian region covers 700 square miles, comprising the City of Edinburgh, Midlothian, East Lothian and West Lothian.
It is a region of exceptional beauty and contrast, from the splendour of Edinburgh to the beauty and variety of the hills, countryside and coastline. The nearest major town outside of Edinburgh is Livingston, a thriving location in the heart of West Lothian. As well as many sites of historic interest, the region boasts a host of recreational activities for all ages.

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NHS Lothian is committed to supporting staff through a relocation process. Relocation expenses may be available under NHS Lothian Relocation Policy Conditions. Although NHS Lothian does not provide any staff accommodation directly, there are a large number of letting agencies in Edinburgh and the Lothians and, for shorter term accommodation, a large number of websites for individuals to arrange something directly with providers themselves, as well as a large number of hotels and Bed and Breakfasts

Most letting agencies lease properties using the AT5 form: Short Assured Tenancy Agreement’, and they very strictly adhere to the six month minimum let period.

Most letting agencies require:

  • On day of entry, two months rent up front plus £100 deposit (may vary from agency to agency)
  • A reference from your previous landlord
  • An employment reference.

Some also ask for a credit reference check
A number of letting agencies are detailed below.  Whilst NHS Lothian is not endorsing them, they may be a first point of contact in helping you look for alternative accommodation in Edinburgh and the surrounding area.

Some Letting Agencies


Other Websites:

There are alternatives, such as websites letting rooms, flats and/or houses for shorter and longer periods of time.  Again, whilst NHS Lothian is not endorsing them, a few are detailed below.



NHS Lothian Careers
NHS Lothian Recruitment (General)
Block 3, Stairwell 6
Residency Buildings
St John's Hospital
Livingston EH54 6PP
NHS Lothian Recruitment (Medical and Dental)
Pentland House
47 Robb's Loan
EH14 1TY

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