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 but you will also 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 the 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 of people suffering from addictions. Located in the Scottish Borders, 30 minutes from Edinburgh, Castle Craig has the 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 (addiction clinic) 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

Bank Nurses – RGN/RMN/RN

If you are a nurse looking for a flexible working arrangement and to be a bank member of a dynamic nursing team then Castle Craig Hospital needs you on our bank nurse list.

We are a world-renowned facility treating people suffering from addictions. We are looking for high quality and skilled individuals to join our existing team of Bank Nurses. We are located near West Linton, in the Scottish Borders, around 35 minutes from Edinburgh.

You will need to be RGN/RMN/RN qualified and hold a current NMC registration.

The hourly rate of pay is £ 15.50.

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: hr@castlecraig.co.uk

Healthcare Assistants (Bank)

Do you want a flexible working arrangement that is rewarding at the same time? Castle Craig Hospital is looking for experienced and compassionate individuals to join our team of Full Time and Bank Health Care Assistants, helping people with addictions to get better and on the road to recovery. We are located near West Linton, in the Scottish Borders around 35 minutes from Edinburgh, 15 minutes from Peebles.

Our healthcare assistants are members of the nursing team and support the registered nurses in delivering individualised and high quality care.

You will undertake a range of duties including physical and emotional support to patients and families under the supervision of a registered nurse and in addition assist in the smooth running of the clinical area by carrying out other duties including assisting with the admission of patients, insuring the cleanliness and good order of the Medical Centre and clinical areas.

The hourly rate of pay is £9.09 per hour plus a 20% shift allowance.

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: hr@castlecraig.co.uk

Catering Assistants (Casual / Flexi hours)

Are you looking for flexible and rewarding work?

Join us in the Castle Craig kitchen as a casual catering assistant, helping to deliver food to clients and staff. If you want a flexible role then this is ideal for you. We are located near West Linton, in the Scottish Borders around 40 minutes from Edinburgh.

Hourly rate of pay is £10.15

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: hr@castlecraig.co.uk

Housekeeping – Reserve shift cover

We are adding to our Reserve List in our Housekeeping department to cover shifts for staff who are absent for short periods of time. If you are on our Reserve List you may be called if we are short-staffed to see if you can fill in for the day or few days. 

If you are interested in this position please complete an online application form and cover letter to: hr@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 that 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.

Page last reviewed and clinically fact-checked January 21, 2022