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General Medicine & Specialist medicine combined are the areas of most investment and development in the NHS

A career in General or Specialist Medicine in the NHS can offer excellent career progression, competitive salaries, specialty training, and CESR or CCT in all areas such as geriatric medicine, respiratory or pulmonary, nephrology, gastroenterology, stroke medicine and many others.

Requirements for an overseas candidate to work in general medicine in the UK? *

  • IELTS or OET 
  • MRCP(UK) 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, PLAB, MRCP or to understand a Medicine Doctor's Route to the UK.

What should I know about Medicine in the UK? (overview in brief) 

As a general medicine doctor, you would expect to work in an Acute Trust on either a general medicine or acute medicine ward. Acute wards can have various names and acronyms attached to them such as AAU, MAU or AMU and these wards act as the gateway between a patient’s GP, the A&E department and the wards of a hospital.

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

As a general medicine doctor, a typical working week can include ward rounds, board rounds and clinics whilst being part of the GIM on-call rota. You can expect to work with of a multi-disciplinary team comprising of consultants and nursing staff with frequent contact with specialists from other disciplines beyond general medicine. 

Did you know? The NHS in England deals with over 1 million patients every 36 hours across 135 acute hospital trusts. In 2017/18, Manchester University Hospitals NHS FT was recorded as the busiest hospital with 304,465 admissions recorded for that year.


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