Kirkcaldy Harbour, Fife
Edinburgh at night
The Lomond Hills, Fife
Student parade, St Andrews, Fife
3 bridges across the Forth Estuary
Dunfermline Museum and Art Gallery
Falkland Palace, Fife
Unspoilt beach at Lower Largo, Fife
Swilcan Bridge, The Old Course, St Andrews
Village of Ceres, Fife
Living in Scotland
The country is brimming with monuments, castles, museums and striking architecture, paying homage to a long and storied history. Many of Scotland’s galleries and museums are free of charge and, whether it is hearing kilt-wearing bagpipe players or traditional ceilidh dances, your time working and living in Scotland will be a memorable one. Scotland is a great country in which to make a career in healthcare, with opportunities for a varied and fulfilling working life. Here, you will have the chance to work in one of the most advanced health services in the world, in a country with a medical research record second to none.
Living and working in Fife
Read more about living and working in Fife, with NHS Fife in our Live Life in Fife guide.
Travel in and around Fife
There are a number of local travel options. Stagecoach provide many local bus services across Fife.
For information on Stagecoach services
For information on Bay Travel services
For information on Moffat & Williamson services
Information is also available on the Traveline Scotland website or by calling 0871 200 22 33.
For rail information see the Trainline website.
Plan your journey by bus, train, ferry or (internal) plane across Scotland using the Traveline Scotland Journey Planner
Getting around in Fife
Please note that our new candidates will receive a bus pass to pay for their travel to work (if required) for their first week and beyond this it will be their own responsibility to pay for travel to work.
Our candidates will receive a UK SIM card on their first day when they arrive in Scotland together with a top-up voucher.
Find your nearest doctor or other health professional
Find health services near where you live in Fife. Follow the link below and use your postcode to find GPs, Dentists and other services.
Registering with a doctor or health service
You will need to register with a doctor and a dentist whilst you are resident. Find out more on how to do this here.
Know who to turn to for health advice
Finance & Money
Bring with you some money to spend on expenses and shopping when you get here. You should aim to bring this money in cash, in GBP. You should aim to bring approximately £500 to ensure that you will have enough money to see you through to your first salary payment from NHS Fife. As employees are paid monthly on the last Thursday of the month, you could be here a month before getting paid for the first time.
Opening a bank account
This is something that we will help you with. A representative from NHS Fife will come to your accommodation and will take you to a Scottish bank to set up your new account. You will require an appointment for this but this has already been set up for you and the contact person will know the time of the appointment and will arrange transport to get you there. You will need the following documentation for this;
- Letter provided by NHS Fife with your address in Scotland,
In Scotland, the unit of currency is the pound (£), which is used throughout the entire UK. All major credit cards can also be used across Scotland, with Visa and MasterCard being most widely accepted.
Family and Children
Under the Health and Care Worker visa, eligible family members can apply as your dependants. Please check with the rules at the the UK Government site below.
Health and Care Worker visa: Your partner and children - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
Childcare and Early years education
All Childminders in the UK are required to be registered by the Care Inspectorate and this is applicable to anyone looking after a child for 2 hours or more a day. Childminders are regulated under the Health and Social Care Standards and the Public Services Reform (Scotland) Act 2010.
For international employees bringing younger children to Fife, the local council website is a trusted source of invaluable local information. Early years, nursery and school education is run by Fife Council. The Fife Council website explains what government/school nursery placement your children will be entitled to within Fife. It also gives detail on how you can apply for these.
Nurseries and childcare
Early Learning & Childcare (Admissions) | Fife Council
Fife Council has 107 early years establishments which include nurseries, early learning and childcare centres and family nurture centres offering a range of services.
You can also use private nurseries and childminders to support you when working.
Scottish Childminding Association website - You can search this site to find childminders
Nursery and Admissions Management System Team at Fife Council
Email: NAMS@fife.gov.uk This email is for the admissions.
Tel: 03451 555555 ext 442803
School age children (5-18)
Use this link to find out which local school your child can attend.
Use this link for general school information in Fife.
Applying for a school place in Fife
Use this link to apply for a school place for your child. Note that applications for 2022/23 are now closed. You can email email@example.com however for information and support.
Other useful links
Care Inspectorate - An independent organisation that inspects nurseries, childminders and schools. You will find a nursery here by searching nursery/Kirkcaldy
Childcare.co.uk Registered Childminders by area. There is also a link that gives tips and guidelines on what to look for, staying safe and for taking references.
For shopping such as clothing and home items, there are shopping centres in all the major towns in Fife including:
The Mercat Shopping Centre, Kirkcaldy
The Kingsgate Shopping Centre, Dunfermline
The Kingdom Shopping Centre, Glenrothes
For a much wider selection of shopping and international retailers, you can visit Edinburgh or Glasgow.
Groceries and food
For practical shopping such as groceries and food shopping, Fife offers a number of supermarkets as well as some speciality food retailers. See also the list below.
Wing Fung Ltd Cash and carry Wholesaler in Kirkcaldy, Scotland - Hayfield Industrial Estate, Unit 9 Hayfield Pl, Kirkcaldy KY2 5DH
Al Falah Halal meat, vegetables and groceries - 41 Allan Cres, Dunfermline KY11 4HE
LIDL General food and special purchase homewares - 450 Esplanade, KY1 1SL Kirkcaldy
ALDI General food and special purchase homewares - Ferrard Road, Kirkcaldy, KY2 5RY
Cost of Living
Prices will vary depending on where you shop, and there is no set cost for most things in Scotland. To make it a little easier, below is a list of some items and rough guides to what you may pay for them:
- 1 litre of milk: £0.70 - £1
- 1 litre of petrol: £1.10 - £ 1.40
- 1 loaf of Bread: £1 - £2
- 1 coffee from a coffee shop: £2 - £3.50
- 1 sandwich from a sandwich shop: £3 - £5
- 2 course meal for 2 in a budget restaurant: £25 - £40
- 2 course meal for 2 in a fancy restaurant: £45 - £80
- 1 pint of beer in a bar: £3 - £4.50
- 1 can of Diet Coke: £0.70 - £1
- 1 single bus journey: £2
- 1 cinema ticket: £8 - £12
Entertainment and things to do
There is plenty to do here in Fife. We have 300 miles of coastal path for walking, many parks and green spaces and lots of activities are on offer in the main towns and villages. Fife council have a What’s on section for inspiration on things to do and Fife Cultural Trust provide indoor entertainment across their theatres, libraries and other venues for days when the weather may push you indoors.