A fulfilling, rewarding career

When it comes to job satisfaction, we get it right – on a daily basis we see transformations all around us, when people leave addiction behind and regain strength and hope for the future; when family relationships are repaired; when our patients leave us and say thank you. Working at Castle Craig you will not only be playing your part in saving somebody’s life, you will be appreciated and valued while you do it. It doesn’t get much more rewarding than this!

Delivering compassionate care and achieving the best outcomes for people suffering from addictions to alcohol and drugs and mental health conditions, is at the heart of everything we do. All of us at Castle Craig are committed to this purpose. Our staff are friendly, approachable and respectful to each other and to our patients at all times. Each one of our patients has a story, some of them amazing, some heartbreaking, and there’s always a chance to connect and get to meet new people.

A unique working environment

Our work environment is unique. An 18th century estate in the hills of the Scottish Borders, and within commuting distance from Edinburgh and Glasgow, staff have time to wander the woodland estate in their lunch break, visit the gym after work and watch the alpacas on their daily walk. Our campus is spread out so a peaceful walk is often needed to attend meetings between departments.

An employer to be proud of

You will be working at a hospital that was recently rated ‘Exceptional’ by Health Improvement Scotland, and has been described in the Scottish Parliament and on BBC News as “world-renowned”. We are committed to exemplary standards of clinical governance and quality improvement and Castle Craig is highly regarded by medical referrers across the UK and internationally. 

We are always looking to connect with people who align closely with our values and who demonstrate passion and leadership qualities. If you think that’s you and you are interested in a career with Castle Craig then please contact us today.

A place to belong

All our staff are warmly welcomed into the ‘Castle Craig Family’ and are given the opportunity to make the most of their skills and experience, and to invest in their continuous professional development to help our patients. Each and every person who works here plays a part in supporting the future growth and success of Castle Craig.

A workplace that takes care of you

A career at Castle Craig offers excellent career development and training opportunities. Perks of working at Castle Craig include free staff open gym sessions, free lunches, free parking, and a chance to work in a stunning countryside location. 


We recognise the contribution you give to our service in the following ways:

  • A competitive salary in line with NHS salary brackets
  • 29 – 34 days annual leave
  • Staff training schemes
  • Free DBS check
  • Free parking
  • Free lunch
  • Free staff gym use
  • Employee referral scheme – receive £250 for referring a contact*.

*new recruit must pass the 6 month ‘probation’ period.

About Castle Craig and our other clinics

Castle Craig was established by Peter and Dr Margaret McCann in 1988 and continues to be family-owned and family-run. Castle Craig has a world-renowned reputation in the treatment for people suffering from addictions. Located in the Scottish Borders, 30 minutes from Edinburgh, Castle Craig has capacity to treat up to 45 patients on both its Foundation and Advanced programmes. The Castle Craig Group owns Smarmore Castle Private Clinic which is situated in County Louth, Ireland. Castle Craig has clinics in the Netherlands and Castle Craig has also recently launched Stockholms beroendeklinik in Sweden.

Treatment at Castle Craig follows the 12-step philosophy to treat alcohol and drug addiction, prescription medications dependency and gambling and gaming addiction as well as co-occurring mental health disorders.

Want to make a difference?

If you are searching for a role where you can help change lives and leave addiction behind, as part of a dynamic team, then Castle Craig is the right place for you.

Look at the section below to see if any current vacancies apply to you or send a speculative CV to us. Also follow us on Linked In where we post our latest vacancies. 

Current vacancies

Hospital Manager

Castle Craig Hospital is excited to announce the opening of a new opportunity within the senior leadership team at Castle Craig Hospital. This is a fantastic opportunity which will be of interest to candidates looking to develop their career in a prestigious treatment facility.

The Hospital Manager will be responsible for the delivery of the high-quality residential treatment service that Castle Craig offers, and will report directly to the CEO / Deputy CEO at Castle Craig.

About Castle Craig

Established by Peter and Dr Margaret McCann in 1988, Castle Craig has a world-renowned reputation in the treatment for people suffering from addictions. Located in the Scottish Borders, 30 minutes from Edinburgh, Castle Craig has capacity to treat up to 45 patients on both its Foundation and Advanced programmes. The Castle Craig Group owns Smarmore Castle Private Clinic which is situated in County Louth, Ireland. Both follow the 12-step Minnesota Model treatment philosophy and our treatment programme is focused primarily on alcohol and drug addiction, prescription medications abuse and gambling addiction. Castle Craig has clinics in the Netherlands and Castle Craig has also recently launched Stockholms beroendeklinik in Sweden.

The Castle Craig Hospital Manager will:

  • Be able to ensure the safe and effective day to day running of the service. This role oversees the following departments: Medical, Therapy, Nursing, Governance, Admissions and Services.
  • Maintain and develop an established set of systems which are designed to identify potential risks early and implement strategies to reduce negative impact of adverse events whilst enhancing the quality of care and services.
  • Ensure that hospital management policies and protocols are designed, implemented and audited to ensure compliance. Where there is non-compliance they must initiate corrective action and follow up.
  • Ensure maintenance of ‘outstanding’ inspection outcomes, with constant readiness for a positive HIS inspection outcome.
  • Ensure the training and development programme meets the identified needs of the service and the staff and is compliant with legislation and national guidance.
  • Provide line management of senior managers. And ensures all department heads maintain the HR policies of the business within their departments.
  • Understand the bio-psycho-social-spiritual illness of addiction, and the corresponding holistic treatment model provided at Castle Craig, as well as the therapeutic principles and processes that underpin the treatment programme.
  • Be a visible presence around the hospital, accessible to staff and patients. A good verbal and written communicator, with good interpersonal and intrapersonal skills is essential.
  • Work in line with a budget, and in collaboration with CFO.
  • Work to a series of targets to maximise average hospital census, maximise extensions, minimise premature drop-outs.
  • Ensure ongoing high patient satisfaction, and satisfaction from all relevant stakeholders.
  • Operate as part of an on-call system in case of emergencies.
  • Contribute to service development.
  • Work with e-health management systems including an electronic medical record, and customer relations management system.

There will be a handover period, working alongside the CEO and Deputy CEO.

Skills and experience necessary for the successful candidate:

  • Previous experience of running a residential treatment centre.
  • Educated to Degree level or equivalent experience.
  • Possess a style of leadership that will thrive in a multi-disciplinary environment.
  • Proven track record of delivering results against agreed targets.
  • Good communicator & motivator.
  • Solid understanding of the regulatory regime under which Castle Craig Hospital operates.
  • Experience of risk management and quality assurance and accreditation.
  • Good knowledge of Health & Safety legislation.
  • Ability to act as an Ambassador for the Castle Craig Group.
  • Possess a commitment and passion for patient-centred care with the ability to embed such an ethos into all levels of the organisation.
  • Decisive leader, capable and committed to translating policy and analysis into practical action.
  • Possess an up-to-date knowledge base of the medical, pharmacological and psychological treatment of addictions.
  • Strong prioritisation skills with the ability to manage competing demands.

Salary and benefits

Salary, which is dependent on skills, experience and qualifications will be in the region of 8c to 8d as per NHS pay bands and is part of an attractive overall remuneration package. Some relocation expenses may be available.

Expressions of interest or applications can be sent to Dominic McCann, Deputy CEO: d.mccann@castlecraig.co.uk

Closing date for applications is Monday 21st June.

Senior Chef (maternity cover)

We are looking for a Senior Chef to join us in a key role helping provide healthy and nutritious food to patients (and staff) at Castle Craig Hospital, in the Scottish Borders.

Good quality, healthy food is a key part of helping our patients through detox, as they begin their recovery from addiction to drugs, alcohol, and other behavioural addictions such as gambling. The Senior Catering Manager or Senior Chef provides a key role in ensuring this happens for each meal, day after day, inspiring healthy habits and directly contributing towards the positive health of others. We’re looking for someone to provide maternity cover in this role.

Job Type:

Full Time Maternity Cover; 40hrs per week, working five days from seven


£25,000 per year

Responsible to:

Head Chef

Key Responsibilities:

  • Preparation and cooking of up to 200 healthy and nutritious meals, therapeutic diets, and staff meals – ensuring a quality product that is attractively presented and meets a strict daily time schedule.
  • Support with all events arranged by Castle Craig including annual reunion
  • Ensure the correct economic use of materials, equipment, and foodstuffs.
  • In accordance with current legislation and our food safety policy, ensure correct food handling, storage, temperature, and logging procedures.
  • Supervision and direction of catering assistants.
  • Ensure the supervision and direction of patients during their therapeutic duties within the catering department.
  • Ensure that you are compliant with work and cleaning schedules
  • Ordering of food stocks.
  • Accepting, checking, and signing for goods into the department.
  • Development of healthy, varied and nutritious weekly menus in conjunction with the Hospital Manager. Advise management on menus.
  • Driving the kitchen van as and when required.
  • To work as a team with the other Senior Chef in fulfilling all the key responsibilities of efficient kitchen management.
  • Compliance with health and hygiene schedules. To have full understanding of H.A.C.C.P, to ensure all staff adhere to H.A.C.C.P and all documentation is completed and signed by the appropriate members of staff.
  • To implement and maintain an agreed deep cleaning schedule for the kitchen.
  • Ordering of food stocks, ensuring a competitive price is obtained from local, reputable suppliers for quality products and in accordance with the dietary and nutritional objectives of the hospital.
  • To be responsible for all kitchen expenditures.
  • Supervision of compliance with cook safe sheets.
  • To complete monthly audits for the kitchen, reporting any findings to hospital manager.
  • To implement a rota that meets the requirements of the Management and ensures cover of the dining rooms.
  • Ensure that you maintain a daily ‘Patients Therapeutic Duty Rota’.
  • To assist in the preparation of function menus, for example – for events at the lodges and open days.
  • To consult with clients on a regular basis to ensure that their needs and choices are being met; to co-operate with requests from the client group within budgetary restrictions; special diets and responding to cultural preferences.
  • Ensuring all equipment is in good working order and bringing any fault to the attention of your manager.
  • Liaise with other departments regarding dietary needs of patients.

Please note that this job description is subject to review on a regular basis and may be updated and subject to change.

Job specification

  • Must hold an Elementary Food Hygiene qualification and preferably Intermediate Hygiene qualification.
  • Practical experience in all areas of a kitchen.
  • Food hygiene knowledge.
  • Ability to cater for different diets.
  • Ability to effectively work within a high performing team.

To apply for this position please complete an online application form with your CV, or download an application form and send it with your CV to: careers@castlecraig.co.uk

Catering Assistants

An opportunity has arisen for 2 catering assistants within Castle Craig Hospital.

The role consists of the following tasks:

  • Preparation and support for chefs who cook up to 200 healthy & Nutritious meals that is attractively presented and meets a strict daily time schedule
  • To support the running and operation of the kitchen.
  • Ensure the correct economic use of materials, equipment and foodstuffs
  • Correct food handling, storage temperature and logging procedures.
  • Participation with all kitchen work and cleaning schedules.
  • Serving of meals to staff and patients, breakfast, lunch and supper.
  • Accepting / checking and signing for deliveries
  • Driving the kitchen van as and when required. Moving of Thermal Food Boxes.
  • Full understanding of HACCP. Ensure staff adhere to HACCP and all documentation is completed
  • Implement / participate in and maintain a deep cleaning schedule
  • Participate in a working rota over 7 days between 7.30am and 7.30pm

Job Types:

Full-time, Permanent


£9.09 per hour


  • Company pension
  • Discounted or free food
  • Gym membership
  • On-site parking
  • Sick pay


  • 12 hour shift
  • 8 hour shift
  • Day shift
  • Weekends


  • Hospitality: 1 year (preferred)
  • Food preparation: 1 year (preferred)

Work remotely:

  • No

COVID-19 precaution(s):

  • Remote interview process
  • Personal protective equipment provided or required
  • Temperature screenings
  • Social distancing guidelines in place
  • Virtual meetings
  • Sanitisation, disinfection or cleaning procedures in place

To apply for this position please complete an online application form with your CV, or download an application form and send it with your CV to: careers@castlecraig.co.uk

Addiction Therapists

We are not currently recruiting therapists, however should you be interested in working at Castle Craig in the future, please send your CV as a speculative application.

Castle Craig is a unique place to work where you will have the support of a strong team and opportunities for professional development. You will operate within a multidisciplinary team of doctors and nurses.

A Degree or Diploma in counselling or Psychology is preferred, as is training or experience of 12 step facilitation or CBT. Certification as a Drug and Alcohol Counsellor with IC&RC or FDAP is preferred or you should be ready to work towards accreditation.

Duties and responsibilities include assessment and individualised treatment planning. Individual and Group therapy.

Successful candidates will also be expected to co-ordinate all aspects of therapeutic care for patients including follow up with referral sources.

Further training opportunities are provided. Salary depends on qualifications, experience and salary grade band.

Castle Craig Hospital is a centre of excellence for the treatment of addictive diseases, located in the Scottish Borders within a 30 minute commute to Edinburgh. We are leaders in the UK and European Rehab field, treating up to 80 patients at any time, with our Smarmore Castle Clinic in Ireland treating up to 22 patients. We also have clinics and networks in the Netherlands, Sweden and France.

To apply for this position please complete an online application form with your CV, or download an application form and send it with your CV to: careers@castlecraig.co.uk

Recovery Advocates

We are looking for Recovery Advocates to join our team and help people on the path to a healthy recovery from addiction. As any former patient at Castle Craig knows, our Recovery Advocates provide a key support to patients and the therapy team, working shifts and on weekends, in a key role to support our patient community. Any candidate for this role will work 4 x 12 hour shifts in a week, weekend work is required, and you must be at least 2 years sober.

Requirements for the role:

  • Knowledge of the Castle Craig Treatment programme and in-depth understanding of the 12 steps of Recovery; be competent to facilitate awareness and appreciation of this programme with the community
  • Must be a competent communicator of the 12 steps programme of AA/ NA
  • Able to assist the therapy team and the nursing team in the delivery of care 
  • Be a team player, flexible and responsive to the needs of the service 
  • Able to assist in the delivery of a high standard of care relating to all the needs of the patients, promoting their equality and dignity at all times
  • Able to be trained and competent to perform basic life support and remain updated yearly in the skills necessary to provide basic life support and recognition and management of intoxication and opioid overdose
  • Carry out all responsibilities with due regard to the hospital’s Equal Opportunities policy.

Job Duties

  • Assist the Lead Therapist and Nurse in Charge prioritising tasks with line manager and ensuring assistance to nursing team as required;
  • Monitor patient behaviours while on duty, ensuring conduct is acceptable
  • Provide short written reports at end of each shift to the team
  • Be proactive in offering assistance and support and be present in the community and available to talk with patients
  • Check patients are present at lectures and groups in good time; check smoking areas and rooms
  • Assist with setting up lecture DVDs / Zoom recovery meetings
  • Experienced trained staff to facilitate assigned groups e.g. peer evaluation, mindfulness, Step 1 groups, therapeutic readings, drumming therapy, evening reflection;
  • Deliver workshops with approval of Lead Therapist
  • Facilitate evening activities and exercise leading walks on occasions in evenings and weekends.
  • Assist therapists with assessment and screening questionnaires
  • Supervise Skype, telephones, safe house applications and use of desktop suite in basement
  • Redirect patients and warn of violations of programme rules / expectations
  • Escort patients where necessary on various activities e.g. dentist, spa, swimming, recreational activities
  • Ensure safety of community by checks of buses and bags on return from any outings
  • Ensure patient communities have left their areas tidy at the end of the evening
  • Support with delivering medical samples to West Linton
  • Support with activities in patient shop as required

Specific Patient Care

  • Assist nurses with patient hygiene, mobility, physical comfort, nutritional needs, eating and drinking, whilst observing and reporting specific changes when this is required
  • Assist with drug screening
  • Assist the admission of new patients, the inspection of belongings and promote patient safety
  • Assist in the overseeing and serving of breakfasts / meals if required
  • Assist in the maintenance of hospital cleanliness in particular during outbreaks and times when infection control is paramount
  • Ensure patients keep their bedrooms and living areas tidy and address any non-compliance
  • Be aware of the responsibility of all employees to maintain a safe and healthy environment for patients, visitors and staff.

Hours of work may need to flexible to meet the exigencies of the service and correspond with other rotas for nursing and therapy teams to ensure that appropriate cover is present.

To apply for this position please download an application form and send it with your CV to: careers@castlecraig.co.uk

Staff Nurses

Hours of Work: Full time – 37.5 hours per week

Accountable to: The Medical Director / Hospital Manager

Reporting to: The Head Nurse

Job Role

To be responsible for the assessment of the care needs of patients and the development, implementation, and evaluation of care plans under the direction of the Head Nurse, thereby ensuring that a high standard of care is delivered.

Professional Standards

  • Maintain current registration as a nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).
  • Practice within the framework of the NMC Code of Professional Practice.
  • Maintain Continual Professional Development (CPD) and satisfy the NMC’s requirements in relation to Post-registration Education and Practice (PREP).
  • Maintain confidentiality as set out in Castle Craig Hospital’s Confidentiality Procedure.

Key Responsibilities

  1. Ensure that nursing care is delivered in accordance with Castle Craig Hospital’s policies and procedures.
  2. Be involved in the setting and maintaining of high standards of nursing care and maintain, review, and improve the quality of care.
  3. Ensure the safety of patients, staff, and visitors through compliance with Health and Safety requirements.
  4. Carry out risk assessments and prepare risk management plans in compliance with the hospital’s risk management procedures in collaboration with medical staff.
  5. Report accidents and incidents using the appropriate forms in a comprehensive and timely manner.
  6. Take charge of the nursing service on a regular basis in the absence of the Head Nurse.
  7. Promote effective treatment of patients through the safe management and administration of medication including stock auditing and ordering, and the administration of medications being used for detoxification purposes.
  8. Monitor and observe patients who are undergoing detoxification and promptly report any concerns to the doctor on duty.
  9. Supervise and direct junior staff in accordance with the hospital’s written policies and procedures.
  10. Ensure a high standard of communication at nursing shift handovers and ensure that comprehensive notes have been made in the nursing Kardex and on the electronic patient data record (KIPU).
  11. Carry out the nurse’s role in the admission of patients in compliance with the hospital’s admission procedure.
  12. Carry out the nurse’s role in discharge of patients in compliance with the hospital’s discharge procedures.
  13. Participate in and contribute to meetings of the multidisciplinary team.
  14. Ensure, in relation to the hospital’s confidentiality procedure, that all patient identifiable information is logged securely and cannot be viewed by third parties.
  15. Ensure that the conduct of staff is always of a high professional standard and report to the Lead Clinical Nurse if there are any concerns.
  16. Ensure that the care delivered is of a high standard and appropriate to the needs of the patients.
  17. Participate in the hospital’s supervision arrangements.
  18. Participate in CPD.
  19. Participate in the induction of new staff.
  20. Undertake such other duties as may be deemed necessary from time to time and directed by the Medical Director/Hospital Manager or Head Nurse.
  21. Health & Safety Officer duties for Castle Craig Hospital

Person Specification – Staff Nurse

Essential Criteria

  1. Registered Nurse: RGN/RMN/RN
  2. Previous working experience within a similar position     
  3. Good interpersonal skills (our patients expect nurses to be caring, friendly, supportive, understanding and compassionate)
  4. Ability to maintain boundaries
  5. Experience of working with substance abuse                 
  6. Flexible concerning working shift patterns
  7. Flexible and used to working on own initiative
  8. Strong team skills
  9. To be person centred
  10. Ability to take responsibility for adopting best practice in the implementation of individual care plans
  11. Commitment to equal opportunities
  12. Ability and willingness to undergo further appropriate training
  13. Good oral/written communication skills
  14. Solid administrative skills
  15. Awareness of current Health and Safety Procedure
  16. Demonstrate commitment to the values of the company

Preferred Criteria

  1. Clean driving licence
  2. Good computer skills
  3. Educated to Degree level

Click here to view hourly rates for “unsociable hours” in this role

To apply for this position please complete an online application form with your CV, or download an application form and send it with your CV to: careers@castlecraig.co.uk

Speculative Job Applications

We regularly update this page with roles across all our departments – including Medical, Therapeutic, Nursing, Administration, Catering and Domestic, so please make sure you regularly check back here.

If you feel you have the skills we need but don’t see a job advertised, then please email your CV and a cover letter through our online job application form detailing your experience and what you feel you can bring to Castle Craig, and we will get back to you if there is a position coming up.

We’re sorry that we can’t promise we’ll be able to respond to every submission, especially when it relates to positions which aren’t currently advertised.

Apply for a job

You can use our online job application form to send us your CV and to copy and paste a covering letter. Remember to indicate what job you are interested in and explain how you meet the criteria for this role – based on your experience skills and knowledge. Please also take time to explain why you are interested in the role and Castle Craig.

We would be grateful if you could include the following information:

  • Current salary / remuneration package.
  • Current notice period.
  • Details of two referees (please note that the referees will not be contacted until the offer stage, and not without prior consent).

Applying from Europe & Abroad

Many of our staff come from Europe and countries outside the European Union. Successful applicants from overseas will receive a work permit as long as they are English speaking and have at least one grandparent born in the European Union.