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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. 


£40,000 - £85,000

One of London's most prestigious NHS Trusts are looking for experienced emergency medicine specialists to work across their two acute hospitals in North London.

These roles will support senior candidates with their CESR applications to assist their successful application to the specialist register. 

Job requirements:
IELTS / OET - exemptions can be offered
Extensive experience in emergency medicine

Length of contract:
12 - 24 months fixed term (subject to be renewed)


  • Attractive salary and relocation package
  • Training and development opportunities
  • CESR support for those eligible
  • Tier 2 Health and Care Visa (sponsorship for the whole family)
  • Guidance regarding the CV and full interview preparation
  • Assistance regarding the GMC registration, visa, accommodation and transportation by an experienced onboarding specialist
  • CESR support for senior candidates to aid their entry to specialist register via Article 14
  • Complete IMG Relocation service from start to finish of process
Specialty Doctor, Registrar, Senior Registrar

Emergency Medicine with potential to develop special interests

£40,000 - £78,000

High performing University Hospital in London looking for an experienced Emergency Medicine specialist to join their team.

Job requirements:
Minimum four years experience in emergency medicine
NHS experience necessary

Length of contract:
12 - 24 month fixed-term (subject to be renewed)


  • Attractive salary and relocation package
  • Training and development opportunities
  • CESR support for those eligible
  • Tier 2 Health and Care Visa (sponsorship for the whole family)
  • Guidance regarding the CV and full interview preparation
  • Assistance regarding the GMC registration, visa, accommodation and transportation by an experienced onboarding specialist
  • Complete IMG Relocation service from start to finish of process
Senior Registrar or Senior Clinical Fellow
Paid on Registrar or Specialty Doctor pay scale

Emergency Medicine

Are you an Emergency Medicine (ED) registrar or specialty doctor with NHS experience and a desire to further your career in the NHS? This might be the opportunity for you.

The Opportunity

Rated Outstanding in the most recent CQC, UK based Emergency Medicine specialists with MRCEM and aspirations to work as a consultants in ED are invited to apply for a role with this high performing NHS Trust. 

Those highly motivated individuals should apply for these Digital Education Fellow posts (can be OOPT / E or standalone) at ST4-6 Level equivalent in Emergency Medicine.

The Requirements

Requirements for the post of Clinical Fellow in Emergency Medicine are the following:

NHS experience

Experience in Emergency Medicine at ST4+ grade

GMC registration current or expired

The Department

High performing Emergency Medicine department based in the South West of England and one of the busiest in the country. Reflecting a bustling city life - the attendance are of high acuity and offering a broad spectrum of cases and major traum. The team are well managed and friendly, a quote from the CQC report stating:

"Teamwork in the A&E department was exceptional. Staff at all levels were committed, motivated and engaged. They worked very well with each other across all job roles and staff grades. They were cohesive and demonstrated excellent teamwork within their department and with other departments"


These posts are Royal College of Emergency Medicine Approved for both learning and Digital Learning. The trust has recently been appointed a Global Digital Exemplar.

Trust scored Outstanding in it’s current CQC Report - with the A&E one of the few UK departments scoring ‘Outstanding’.

Teaching and research responsibilities are available and last year the Emergency Department won a BMJ award, HSJ award and was recognised in two categories in the RCEM awards. This really is a fantastic opportunity for any UK based emergency physician - whether a UK trainee or recent IMG with their first UK experience. 

The Location & Region

Based in the South West of England in one of the UK’s busiest and coolest cities. Green space, thriving local economies, low cost of housing and cost of living - this region can also offer life in a rural setting to those who want it. 

The Benefits to this Role

  • You would be joining a well-balanced, friendly and supportive team with an incredible diverse team ethic and training. 
  • Opportunity to learn and develop alongside some of the most respected Emergency Medicine Physicians in the UK
  • Working in one of the highest performing A&E departments in the UK
  • Strictly protected time for teaching and development of all grades of staff
  • High percentage of applicants move into Specialty Training ST4+ posts or complete their CESR employed by the trust.
  • Clear consultant pathway for ED middle grades
  • Excellent location and city - highly recommended for anyone
  • The posts include 80% time working in the adult emergency department and 20% paid time to work as a Digital Education Fellow with RCEMLearning. 
  • Successful applicants will have a postgraduate qualification in education funded to a maximum of £4,000
  • Education support, computer and office facilities will be provided along with a study budget

Am I eligible for this post?

Applicants should preferably hold MRCEM though some experienced candidates with MRCP, MRCS, FRCA can be considered. Four years post graduation experience with at least six months UK experience is required. 

If you are an experienced emergency medicine specialist based in the UK and looking to further your experience - then get in touch today!

£79,860 - £107,668

An excellent opportunity for a consultant in emergency medicine to join a large integrated care provider in North East England. The trust is high performing with a strong track record of supporting new appointees with career development. 

Applications are welcomed from international candidates.

Trust overview:
The Trust is based on two acute sites with most acute medical services and specialties duplicated on each site. 

The new appointee could be based at either site, preferences will be accommodated. 

Service overview: 
The Urgent and Emergency Care team encompasses five Urgent Treatment Centres, two Acute Medical Units including Same Day Emergency Care services and two Emergency Departments (ED). 

With over 129000 ED attendances every year, the Trust is one of the largest services in the North East. 

Local area:
You can be in the countryside in less than ten minutes from all major towns and cities in the area, with some of the most stunning scenery and outdoor space in the country.

There is a strong sporting and cultural heritage in the north east, so no matter what your interests are, there is something here for you to explore. For families, you will have access to fantastic school and academic institutions as well as very affordable properties.

The region is also known to be friendly, relaxed and welcoming. 

Requirements for the post: 
UK based applicants: 

  • Hold CCT, or within 6 months of completing CESR 
EEA applicants: 
  • Specialist diploma 
Non-EEA applicants: 
  • Consultant experience in emergency medicine 
£50,000 - £75,000

International Emergency Medicine doctor looking to work in the NHS as an A&E specialist? Overseas candidates looking for their first post in the UK will be give full CESR support to help them onto the Specialist Register in Emergency Medicine. This emergency medicine doctor job is set within a large Teaching Hospital trust in the Yorkshire region. 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. 

Benefits to this role include:

  • You will receive dedicated consultant based support, a full 3 month induction and time to settle into your role before taking up on calls.
  • Full CESR support including dedicated 1-1 time and secondments across other specialties such as ICU
  • Opportunity to work in a fully refurbished A&E department, upgraded in 2012 and 2017
  • Wide range of patients treated, with the role offering a wide range of experience to doctors learning their speciality in the NHS
  • Additional programmed activities (PAs) offered to the post holder to increase the total salary by 20% on top of your basic doctor's salary. 
  • With the trust located in a beautiful part of the UK, you will live in an area of nature, natural beauty, small towns and cities nearby with exceptionally low cost of living compared to the rest of the UK

Requirements for the role: 

  • IELTS or OET (exemptions can be offered*)
  • Specialty doctors or consultants will be considered.

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

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.

£40,000 - £53,000

A district general hospital in the South West of England are looking to recruit in Emergency Medicine and will offer IELTS or OET exemptions for the right candidates.

As part of a larger a prestigious NHS Foundation Trust and Teaching Hospital the trust frequently scores the highest score on their annual CQC reports. This is a high performing trust to work for.

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.

Requirements for these positions are:

  • IELTS or OET
  • Experience in Emergency Medicine

The department is well known for it's supportive atmosphere and guidance offered to overseas doctors new to the NHS and they have a fantastic record of doctors entering specialty training or attaining CESR with the organisation.

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