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Opportunity ID:
Buchanan Memorial Community Health Centre
Neils Harbour, Nova Scotia

Requisition ID: 179361 

Opportunity Type: Locum 

Estimated Annual Salary: 0 - 25,000 

Type of Remuneration: Daily Rate 

Site Visit & Reallocation Allowance Programs:  

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About This Opportunity

Highlands Medical Clinic is an established collaborative practice located in the Buchanan Memorial Hospital, in Neil's Harbour, Nova Scotia. Highlands Medical Clinic and the nearby Buchanan Memorial Hospital provide medical services to about 18 coastal communities in Northern Cape Breton extending from Meat Cove in the North to Ingonish Ferry in the South – a distance of 80 km.The area is home to 3,000 permanent residents. In the summer and early fall season (June through October), the population more than doubles due to the presence to the many visitors, summer residents and seasonal workers. Presently the Clinic is staffed by three full time physicians, a nurse practitioner and a family practice nurse working in a collaborative arrangement. Support staff include a Secretary/Billing Clerk, Medical Office Assistant and a Business Manager. Physicians divide time between clinic, inpatient care, ambulatory care and providing emergency room services. Incoming physicians have the flexibility to work in clinic, the ER or a combination of the two. Within the Community Health Centre are offices for Ambulatory Services including Continuing Care, Public Health, Palliative Care and Nutrition Services. Visiting Services are also provided by a Mental Health/Addiction Counsellor and Social Worker.  Our primary referral centre in the Cape Breton Regional Hospital in Sydney. (160 km Distance)


  • Deliver comprehensive primary health care services to patients of all ages and stages of health or illness;
  • Work with other providers to provide inpatient care, nursing home care, after-hours access and emergency department coverage;
  • Provide low volume after hours call;
  • Participate in quality improvement and evaluation activities.

Expected Hours

We are currently seeking locum support for short and long-term locums between MAY 2024 to JANUARY 2025 to help with coverage during a physician maternity leave.We are open to locums who want to come and experience the Highlands while making a meaningful contribution to our community's health services. Locums can be as short as 1-2 weeks, or as long as you'd like! Your work will depend on your preferences and experience (clinic locum vs. emergency department vs. both.) We run a 24-hour low volume ER department, and work 24-48 hour shifts. The volume is manageable with overnight calls only about 25% of the time.Our practice is well supported by a full-time Nurse Practitioner and Family Practice Nurse, creating a truly collaborative and positive work environment. We have dedicated administrative staff to help with scheduling, shadow billing (for those on ARPs) and day-to-day admin


Eligible for Licensure with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia (CPSNS)

Eligible for certification with the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC)

Canadian Medical Protective Association (CMPA)

Community Details

Nestled along the rugged coastline of Nova Scotia, Neils Harbour stands as a picturesque gem, offering a unique blend of natural beauty, small-town charm, and a welcoming community spirit. With its stunning ocean vistasand a plethora of outdoor activities, Neils Harbour beckons physicians and their families to embrace a lifestyle defined by tranquility and adventure.

Location and Accessibility: Neils Harbour enjoys a prime location on the northern tip of Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, Canada. Despite its secluded feel, the community remains accessible via the scenic Cabot Trail, offering a breathtaking drive amidst towering cliffs and pristine wilderness. For those seeking connection to urban amenities, Sydney, the island's largest city, is approximately a 2-hour drive away.

In Neils Harbour, Nova Scotia, the rhythm of life is set by the ebb and flow of the tide, inviting physicians and their families to embark on a journey of discovery, fulfillment, and connection in one of Canada's most quintessential coastal communities. Additionally, within a 2-hour drive, residents can explore other captivating attractions such as Fortress Louisbourg, Cape Breton University, the Gaelic College at St. Ann’s, Highland Village in Iona, and more, further enriching their experience on this vibrant island.

Natural Beauty and Outdoor Recreation: Surrounded by the untamed beauty of the Atlantic Ocean, Neils Harbour serves as a playground for outdoor enthusiasts. Residents can explore nearby Cape Breton Highlands National Park, renowned for its sweeping coastal vistas, rugged hiking trails, and abundant wildlife. From whale watching and kayaking to hiking and birdwatching, there's no shortage of ways to connect with nature in this idyllic setting.

Physicians in Nova Scotia provide fulfilling patient care which embraces family life, professional development and community involvement. That's what makes practicing medicine in Nova Scotia unique. Physicians are increasingly attracted to practices that offer team-based care to their patients and allow them to consult with their peers. The size and scale of Nova Scotia allows for better connections across the health care system. Your practice of medicine and your life is richer here. Nova Scotia is more than medicine. 


Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA) is committed to being a workforce that is free of discrimination, values diversity and is representative, at all job levels, of the people we serve. Our priority groups are Aboriginal People, African Nova Scotians, Persons with Disabilities and Recent Immigrants. Members of these groups are welcome to apply and self-identify if they wish to be considered under our Employment Equity policy.


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Eastern Zone: Cape Breton Island, Antigonish and Guysborough

Failte (that’s “welcome”, for those not up to speed on their Gaelic)! Nova Scotia’s Guysborough County and Cape Breton Island are the centre of Atlantic Canada’s Gaelic culture. Kitchen parties are a way of life here, and you’re never far from the Highlands that inspired the region’s first immigrants to name the province New Scotland. Here, the view of a lifetime lives around every corner, and the friendliest people live in every community. Hike, cycle, swim, golf – all in an almost unreal beauty.