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A NEW nursing post has been created within NHS Shetland to provide “senior leadership to take forward our programmes to improve quality, patient safety, public engagement and patient experience”.

Edna Mary Watson.

Edna Mary Watson will take up the chief nurse (corporate) post on 4 October.

She has significant experience of working successfully with patient groups and communities to lead change and has been NHS Shetland’s patient experience chief since 2010.

Medical director Dr Kirsty Brightwell said: “Having Edna’s expertise and time to support our quality, safety and patient experience agenda is really important and a key requirement in our ability to deliver the change we have described in the clinical and care strategy”.

Interim arrangements to cover Watson’s current post of chief nurse (community) are currently being put in place.


PEOPLE looking to sit motorbike or lorry tests in Shetland will have to travel south after plans for a centre at Scatsta Airport fell through.

The DVSA said: “Due to circumstances outside our control we are unable to test from Scatsta Airport. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause our customers.

“We remain committed to providing a testing service on Shetland for local people whilst balancing costs and managing public money, and will continue to work with the council to find a solution.

“In the meantime, candidates will have to travel to Aberdeen or Orkney to take vocational tests.”


BELL’S Brae Primary School in Lerwick has been named as a finalist in a national awards ceremony for its part in a tree planting scheme in town.

The school is up for the education prize at the Helping It Happen Awards.

Bell’s Brae Primary School pupils who were involved in a ‘Living Things’ project planted around 70 trees at Holmsgarth Road in Lerwick.

The trees were donated by the Lerwick Port Authority with help from Shetland Amenity Trust.

The winners will be announced in a live virtual ceremony on 27 October 2021 at 7pm.


THE TIDAL energy company with turbines in Bluemull Sound has secured £6.4 million in funding from the Scottish National Investment Bank.

Nova Innovation will use the money to fund manufacturing and distribution of its subsea tidal turbines, increasing its presence in the UK and beyond.

CEO Simon Forrest said: “We are passionate about creating sustainable energy solutions and have proven that our tidal turbines meet all our client requirements in the toughest of environments.

“Our products deliver clean, predictable power with no visual impact or negative effects on the environment.”