Welcome to Norway
We work with healthcare providers in every Norwegian region. And we help healthcare professionals to start a new life from Kirkenes in the north to the southernmost part of the country.
In this section we address what we believe is relevant if you consider working as a healthcare professional in Norway. Basic information about the working conditions, the healthcare system and some general information about Norway.
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Hospital doctors in Norway are employed by a Helseforetak (Hospital Trust). The hospital trusts in Norway operate a number of hospitals, and are owned and controlled by one of the 4 Regional Health Authorities (South-East, West, Central and North). The hospital sector deals with medical conditions which require more specialised treatment, equipment and intensive care than the primary sector can offer.
Hospital doctors work between 37 and 40 hours per week, Monday to Friday. With overtime and on call duties the working week is normally in the region of 50-53 hours. Normal working days are from 8 a.m. till 4 p.m. Employees are not obliged to work extra time beyond that specifies in their agreements and Norwegian Legislation.
There are great career opportunities in the hospitals and in the regions. The regions have established a national management programme, as well as a regional management programme. Furthermore, the agreement of employment gives all doctors the right to 4 months of paid leave every 5 years for training purposes. The Norwegian Medical Association organize s many courses. In additional there are international congresses. Participating on different courses is determined by the needs of a particular department.
Most departments have an established on-call duty system. Generally all doctors in the department take part in on-call duties. Hospitals make individual agreements with doctors regarding on-call duties. For these additional hours there is financial compensation, time off in-lieu (TOIL), or a combination of both.
Salary levels for hospital doctors in Norway are the highest in Scandinavia and among the highest in Europe.
The national mental health programme in Norway is based on three pillars:
Through our program as a psychiatrist, you will normally work either in a hospital ward or in a District Psychiatric Centre. The Governments focus is for service, support and care to be provided in forms that are as open and normalised as possible. Services should be designed so as to support the independence and integrity of the individual.
The psychiatrist both in the inpatient and outpatient unit participates in multidisciplinary teams with common counselling and treatment. Some of the work takes place in the community. This includes therapy for individuals, couples and families, supervision, co-consultation and multidisciplinary collaborative meetings. Doctors are also required to train relatives of a mentally ill person in how to help such a person cope in everyday life.
The psychiatrist in the inpatient unit is part of a multidisciplinary team and participates in diagnostic and treatment work. They are also involved in:
Psychiatrists work between 37 and 40 hours a week, from Monday till Friday. Normal working days are from 8.00 a.m. till 4.00 p.m. Most departments have an established on-call duty system. Generally all doctors in the department take part in on-call duties. Hospitals make individual agreements with doctors regarding on-call duties. For these additional hours there is financial compensation, time off in-lieu (TOIL), or a combination of both.
We don't recommend our Norwgian clients to recruit a foreign doctor directly into child and adolescent psychiatry. However, following your introduction in the country there are future possibilities to work within this field.
Salary levels for psychiatrists in Norway are the highest in Scandinavia and among the highest in Europe.