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Emergency Medicine (also known as A&E, ER or ED) is the most in demand specialty in the NHS.

Working in the NHS as an Emergency Medicine specialist gives you the opportunity to secure jobs offering competitive salaries, excellent career progression, access to specialty training, CESR & CCT, and includes the possibility for IELTS exemption.

Requirements for an overseas candidate to work in Emergency Medicine in the UK

  • IELTS or OET (exemptions can be offered)
  • MRCEM, FRCEM or PLAB
  • GMC registration
  • EEA applicants will only require GMC Registration and IELTS or OET 

IMG Library Find out more about IELTS or OET, GMC Registration, MRCEM, FRCEM, PLAB or to understand an Emergency Medicine doctor's Route to the UK.

What should I know about Emergency Medicine in the UK?  

Emergency Medicine has developed into an exciting and rewarding career, which attracts individuals who thrive on challenge and variety. A career in Emergency Medicine in the UK will be ever changing, with no two days being the same. Emergency medicine offers chances to develop your own interests and areas of expertise within a wide range of patient presentations.

In the UK, Emergency Physicians manage the full spectrum of physical and behavioural emergencies at any hour of the day or night, and the Emergency Department (ED) is the focal point or hub of any NHS Acute Hospital. The ED is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. It can be both a demanding and rewarding job. 

What can you expect to do as part of a typical working week in the NHS?

Emergency Physicians will be fully expected to liaise with other specialties, coordinating the initial phase of the patient’s journey through the hospital’s A&E Department. They also interact with many people in every shift, including patients, relatives, nursing staff, junior doctors, consultant colleagues, ambulance crews, and the police.

Emergency doctors will work predominantly in the hospitals A&E but some work can also be carried out in in single specialty A&E departments, minor injuries units, walk-in centres and inpatient hospitals. 

Doctors working in A&E can expect to do an appreciable amount of night-time and weekend work. Sessional working is available as a consultant in EM and is actually the most flexible of hospital careers and very enabling of family life and work life balance.


Did you know? The demand for Emergency Medicine doctors is increasing, A&E departments across the UK have seen over 21 million attendees per year. It is easy to see how this specialty is expanding in the UK. 



 

£40,000 - £74,000

Overseas doctors with aspirations to work as NHS Consultants in Emergency Medicine (A&E) - doctors aspiring via the CESR route and particularly urged to apply. Doctors keen to enter Specialty Training at ST4 grade or those wishing to make direct CESR applications are welcome. 

Total salaries offered a much higher than other hospitals based in the UK due to a total of 14 sessions available in ED.

These are flexible Specialty Doctor & Senior Clinical Fellow posts  within in a friendly and supportive Emergency Department in one of the more beautiful parts of the UK. The hospital is a modern District General Hospital with roughly 275 inpatient beds in a semi rural settings. 

The hospitals facilities and equipment in the ED consist of resuscitation bays, X-ray, plaster rooms and treatment rooms giving immediate access to primary medical and surgical assessment treatment and care.

The Health Board serves a population of 389,000 and is leading the way for established CESR support and training for international doctors.

An established and successful CESR programme offered for MRCEM qualified doctors in Emergency Medicine.

Contrary to some popular myths - understanding of the Welsh language is not required to work in Wales and everyone speaks English as a first language!

Requirements to join are:

  • MRCEM 
  • IELTS or OET (exemptions can be given)
  • At least four years experience in Emergency Medicine

The Health Board offers support for both Tier 2 visa and is particularly welcoming of international candidates.

If you ar looking to start your career in the NHS and attain Specialist Registration and a Substantive Emergency Medicine Consultant positions - these really are fantastic opportunities.

£40,000 - £75,000

Senior A&E doctors with ambitions to pursue a career in the NHS, particularly with a view to work as consultants in ED within the next five years of their career are encouraged to apply.

This is a fantastic opportunity to work in a purpose-built department on the Trust's main site, in a new building commissioned in 1996. The department was modernized within its current footprint, and a Clinical Decision Unit (CDU), a RAT (rapid assessment and treatment)/ Minors area and a new dedicated paediatric area  were redesigned, refurbished, completed and commissioned in November 2017.

The post is for 11 sessions per week. One session is allocated to CPD and supporting professional activities. Based on educational needs and careers aspirations and progress, 3 months every year may be granted to give experience in other specialties like ITU and Anaesthetics (the doctor will still be required to do night shifts and weekend in ED).

In the ED, a full shift rota system will be worked. Within the rota are float weeks, where doctors will cover annual/study leave. Clinical working hours will average around 40 hours per week across the period of the rota and will include a one in three weekend shift. In addition to this specialty doctors will undertake an average of 4 hours CPD a week. At least half of this will take place within the hospital and all of it will be fully documented to comply with the requirements of clinical governance and revalidation. CPD undertaken during rostered clinical hours (e.g. for formal teaching) will be made up flexibly to cover service needs.

Shift patterns will be designed to reflect patient attendance patterns and will be reviewed with staff in post.

Requirements for this position are: 

  • MRCEM
  • IELTS or OET desirable
  • Extensive experience in emergency medicine, six years minimum

English exemption can be offered to those candidates that exhibit excellent standards of English at interview.

£50,000 - £85,000

A great opportunity for experienced emergency medicine specialists looking to further their career in the NHS and work towards consultant status in the UK. Working with one of the largest integrated care Trusts in the country bringing together acute and community services across three boroughs of London, with this being a particularly exciting time to join the trust as the pursue improvement and pioneer system change in emergency care in London.

With vacancies across two main sites in the trust the Emergency Department are looking for doctors at middle grade level for both registrar and specialty doctor positions. 

Significant training and education opportunities are available at both sites, with large postgraduate education departments overseeing the training of roughly 600 doctors in postgraduate training in conjunction with the local University. In addition, both sites have extensive Research & Development facilities that are well recognised in the area.

One site has 520 acute beds whilst the smaller district general hospital has 275 and between them both they offer state of the art ED equipment and care to their local population.

Requirements for this position:

  • Minimum four years in emergency medicine
  • MRCEM 

Exemptions can be offered for this position for candidates that demonstrate excellent levels of English at interview stage.*

* GMC requirements stipulate that you must not have failed a language test within the last two years to be offered an exemption to the test.

This is a great opportunity for qualified and experienced specialists in ED to work in one of London's leading A&E departments, furthering their career in the NHS.

£40,000 - £74,000

Experienced ED or A&E physicians with plans to attain specialist registration in emergency medicine are invited to apply.

Working for a teaching hospital that services a population of roughly 230,000 people, the emergency medicine is considered a priority for the trust and sees major investment in both staffing and physical developments. Rated "Good" in the CQC report and "Outstanding" in their ED Leadership, the department has a strong track record of hitting the national performance targets and is well respected in the region.

The Department has an up to date Resus area and plans are in progress for a complete re-design of the rest of the department to provide a modern, purpose-built ED fit for the future. We have an award-winning Acute Medicine and Ambulatory Care unit situated right next to the ED, with very good relations between the Emergency and Acute Medicine consultants.

The existing team of 8 consultants and 15 Specialty Doctors & Registrars is friendly and dynamic and these posts are part of a planned major expansion in senior staff numbers. The aim is to consistently provide 2 Senior doctors on duty overnight (on a 1 in 8 basis), an acceptable weekend working frequency (1 in 4) and a good depth of senior cover at all other times.

This expansion will also enable the trust to ensure regular secondments to other relevant specialties for those Specialty Doctors who wish to work towards CESR. Full support for CESR applicants is offered and the trust has a good track record in developing overseas doctors through to NHS consultant positions.

Requirements for this position are:

  • MRCEM or eligibility for GMC registration
  • IELTS or OET
  • At least 4 years experience in Emergency Medicine
  • Aspirations to develop and further your career

If you are an aspiring emergency medicine doctor with plans to attain Specialist Registration via either CESR or CCT then you are urged to apply.

£40,000 - £75,000

Several clients in London are seeking to appoint experienced Emergency Medicine specialists, offering competitive salaries, IELTS exemption and CESR route support. 

All levels of experience will be considered from SHO to Specialty Doctor. 

Support with career progression and CESR will be offered accrding to the level of experience of the successful candidate. 

Requirements for the posts: 

  • MRCEM / FRCEM 
  • IELTS or OET*

*IELTS exemption can potentially be offered depending on the NHS client, candidtaes must hold MRCEM / FRCEM and excellent levels of English. 

£40,000 - £74,000

Overseas doctors with aspirations to work as NHS Consultants in Emergency Medicine (A&E) - doctors aspiring via the CESR route and particularly urged to apply. Doctors keen to enter Specialty Training at ST4 grade or those wishing to make direct CESR applications are welcome. 

Total salaries offered a much higher than other hospitals based in the UK due to a total of 13 sessions available in ED.

These are flexible Specialty Doctor & Senior Clinical Fellow posts  within in a busy and supportive Emergency Department in one of the more beautiful parts of the UK, but located within 30 minutes to the second largest city in Wales, Swansea.

The hospital is a District General Hospital with roughly 350 inpatient beds with a full set of ED equipment and facilities. 

The hospitals facilities and equipment in the ED consist of resuscitation bays, X-ray, plaster rooms and treatment rooms giving immediate access to primary medical and surgical assessment treatment and care.

The Health Board serves a population of 389,000 and is leading the way for established CESR support and training for international doctors.

An established and successful CESR programme offered for MRCEM qualified doctors in Emergency Medicine.

Contrary to some popular myths - understanding of the Welsh language is not required to work in Wales and everyone speaks English as a first language!

Requirements to join are:

  • MRCEM 
  • IELTS or OET (exemptions can be given)
  • At least four years experience in Emergency Medicine

The Health Board offers support for both Tier 2 visa and is particularly welcoming of international candidates.

If you ar looking to start your career in the NHS and attain Specialist Registration and a Substantive Emergency Medicine Consultant positions - these really are fantastic opportunities.

£50,000 - £60,000

Applications are open to join a district general hospital in the South West of England who are looking to strengthen their Emergency Medicine team. The trust will offer CESR support and will consider IELTS or OET exemptions for the right candidates.

Overview: 

This is a small hospital in an excellent location. Recent developments in the ED have improved patient care and work life balance. This is a great trust for IMGs looking for a supportive and positive start in the NHS. 

The ED is not as busy as the majority of city or town locations, and with their newly developed Urgent Care Centre, the Emergency Division has seen significant improvement in patient flow, bed occupancy and quality indicators. 

The hospitals runs a small emergency department and has a nightly closure which makes it a very appealing position for those with childcare and family commitments.

Doctors who work here show a high level of job satisfaction, and the trust puts an emphasis team working and a multidisciplinary approach to top quality care.

Local area:

The surrounding countryside is fantastic and popular amongst tourists in the UK. You will have access to fantastic British coastline and scenery. The town is conveniently located close to two diverse cities, and close to motorway links. 

Schooling in the area is very good and the area offers an excellent cost of living & quality of life. 

Requirements for these positions are:

  • MRCEM
  • IELTS or OET
  • Experience in Emergency Medicine

This is a great time to join the hospital as they are set to merge with a large teaching hospital of great reputation in the near future.

£50,000 - £75,000 basic salary

Applications welcome for a Fixed Term post for experienced emergency medicine doctors interested in gaining the Certificate for Specialist Register (CESR). This emergency medicine doctor job is set within a large Hospital in the North East of England.

The ER is a friendly and supportive medium sized department, and the job entails the full range of ED patients including major trauma, MSK injury, acute medical, paediatric and psychiatric presentations. 

The emergency department was fully refurbished in 2012, and has been upgraded again in 2017. It is a modern, well equipped and efficient ED. 

The hospital is proud to offer the opportunity for CESR support, including dedicated 1-1 time and secondments across other specialties. 

As an emergency medicine specialty doctor newly started in the trust, you will receive dedicated consultant based support, a full 3 month induction and time to settle into your role before taking up on calls.

Specialty doctors or consultants will be considered.

Requirements for the role: 

  • MRCEM
  • IELTS or OET (exemptions can be offered*)

*IELTS / OET exemption can be offered for Emergency Medicine doctors with excellent levels of English

Additional programmed activities (PAs) can be offered to the post holder, up to a maximum of 2 for full time posts, taking the maximum total to 12. This will increase the total salary by 20% on top of your basic doctor salary. 

The successful emergency medicine doctors pay will be based on the Specialty doctor salary scale. 

To secure this Emergency Medicine Specialty Doctor job with CESR and extra pay of up to 20%, apply and our team will be in touch to discuss interviews. 

£60,000 - £108,000

A great opportunity for consultants or senior registrars in Emergency Medicine who are interested in pursuing CESR for Specialist Registration in the NHS.

A large Univeristy Teaching Hospital in the North West of England are looking to recruit senior emergency medicine doctors looking for 12-24 months contracts with a view to becoming consultants. 

The hospital is a major trauma unit and has a fantastic tradition of teaching, audit research and developing doctors through the CESR pathway. 

This is a fantastic opportunity for doctors looking to specialise in the NHS - working in a beautiful part of the UK not far from Manchester and Liverpool cities. 

Requirements for this position are the folllowing:

  • MRCEM or FRCEM
  • IELTS or OET in place (exemption can be considered)
  • Extensive experience in Emergency Medicine
  • Minimum of 6 years in the field of Emergency Medicine
  • Experience in management 

A great opportunity for Consultants practicing overseas who are looking to attain CESR quickly.

Overseas and UK candidates are advised to apply!

£40,000 - £60,000

Excellent opportunity for overseas doctors interested in securing CCT or CESR in the NHS. 

Working with a two site NHS Foundation Trust in the North of England this is an opportunity to develop your career in NHS Emergency Medicine. The post will also allow you to explore some sub-specialities of emergency medicine by offering some non-clinical time as part of the role.

Rated 'Good' by the CQC the hospitals have been recognised as some of the best for trainees in the region to learn from a supportive department. 

Each successful applicant will allocated an Education Supervisor to ensure support for professional development and a weekly protected half-day teaching session covering clinical and managerial subjects. Research and audit projects are encouraged by the trust.

One of the Hospitals is designated as a Major Trauma Unit in the Regional Trauma Network. 

Both hospitals have four resuscitation bays, including paediatrics resus areas with X-ray and ultrasound facilities. 

For full details please apply for the role with a copy of your CV.

The team is comprised of:

  • 14 consultants
  • 9 specialty doctors
  • A number of trainees

CESR support is comprehensive at both sites with full rotations plans and personalized support plans for each doctor.

£45,000 - £60,000

An excellent opportunity to join an "outstanding" accident & emergency department in the UK. Applications are open for Senior Clinical Fellow's in Emergency Medicine to join on a fixed term basis of 12 months initially, 

Rated as "outstanding" by the GMC, this department is set within a high performing acute Hospital, rated as "good" overall. The hospital is located in the East of England, just over an hour from London, and within driving distance to international airports. 

There is a type 1 Emergency Department which is a dedicated Trauma Unit within the East of England Trauma Network, with a recently opened Ambulatory Emergency Care Unit and Urgent Treatment Centre. 

The department is supported by an Urgent Treatment Centre that sees minor illness ‘streamed’ from the ED from 11am to 11pm.

There is an active teaching programme for all Middle Grade Doctors including Senior Clinical Fellows, Specialty Doctors and training Registrars.

The Middle grade teaching is focussed around the FRCEM curriculum and those middle grades (including Senior Clinical Fellows) that are not currently on a training programme will be supported to sit the RCEM exams and be offered CESR training to apply for CCT if eligible. 

Requirements for the role: 

  • MRCEM 
  • English exemptions can be considered 


This is a fantastic opportunity for Emergency Medicine Specialists to start their career in the NHS, work within a high performing accident & emergency department, and work towards FRCEM, CCT or CESR. 

£60-000 - £92,000
This is an opportunity for overseas candidates to join a highly functioning teaching hospital trust in the North West of England. 

Looking for associate specialists to work in their Urgent Care Centre the candidate will assess, diagnose and treat minor injuries and illnesses that often include:
  • strains & sprains
  • suspected uncomplicated fractures
  • minor head injuries
  • cuts and grazes
  • bites and stings
  • minor scalds, burns 
  • ear and throat infections
  • skin infections and rashes
  • eye problems
  • feverish illness 
  • abdominal pain

There is always scope for more serious illness or injury to arrive at the centre however so emergency medicine specialists would be well suited to this role.

More serious injuries may also require referral to the neighboring ED's with major trauma centre. This is a 10PA role with no on call.

The local area is one of the most stunning in the UK and will suit those looking to settle with family or without, in an exciting role that is separate from the cut and thrust of large scale Emergency Departments.

Requirements for this position are:
  • MRCEM
  • Excellent standards of English
  • Ambitions to settle in the NHS in first role
Overseas applicants - please apply! The trust will support fully with Tier 2 applications and offers a generous relocation package.

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