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Emergency Medicine

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)
  • 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. 


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