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Haematology is a demanding yet well regarded specialty in the NHS, offering opportunities in research, academia and the balance of ward and laboratory based activities. It is an area of much demand in the UK. 

What are the requirements for an overseas haematologist to work in the UK?

The qualification route you take may differ depending on your experience and years working in pathology, and there are more middle grade opportunities available for haematologists than some other pathology specialties. Regardless of grade or experience, satisfying an english language requirement and attaining full GMC registration are both essential to working in the UK.

  • IELTS or OET or an acceptable emloyers reference (ask your IMG consultant if this applies to you). This requirement applies to all candidates not already registered with the GMC.
  • FRCPath Haematology is a desirable qualification for candidates not holding a recognised european qualification.
  • MRCP UK is the desirable additional qualfication for candidates not holding a recognised european qualification. There are some GMC recognised equivalent qualifications to the MRCP UK - please ask your IMG consultant if you are unsure.  
  • PLAB will also facilitate GMC registration for non-EEA qualified candidates. 
  • EEA applicants may be able to register for general and specialist registration if they have a Relevant European Qualification (REQ).

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If you have not already, check out our IMG Library where you can find out more about IELTS or OET, GMC Registration, MRCP UK and FRCPath Heamatology. Additionally, this article may help you to understand the journey an anatomical pathologist can take to work in the UK: A Pathologist's Route to the UK

What should you know about Haematology in the UK? 

Whilst the specialty has coverage from both the Royal College of Physicians (Medicine) and the Royal College of Pathologists - a new curriculum was implemented as of August 2021 and is under the scope of the Joint Royal College of Physicians Training Board. UK trainees will typically pass MRCP UK during core training years before entering haematology specialty training, completing five further years. UK consultants will have both MRCP UK and full FRCPath Haematology by the time they are awarded their CCT. 

For overseas candidates, holding both MRCP UK and FRCPath will give access to most senior job opportunities, of which there are many across the UK. Support with CESR applications can be arranged from there on in with future employers. 

NHS haematology also offers the opportunity to develop special interests in a wide variety of clinical and laboratory areas including haemogloginopathies, haemostasis and thrombosis, paediatric haematology, transfusion medicine, haemato-oncology, bone marrow transplantation. 

What can you expect from a typical working week in the NHS?

You can expect to work 40-hours per week encompassing both clinical and laboratory practice. This dual role provides a unique opportunity to combine clinical skills with appropriate, often cutting edge, science to make a diagnosis, choose the optimal treatment plan and monitor progress. Clinical care is delivered in both in-patient and out-patient environments and an NHS haematologist will frequently contribute to the diagnosis and management in other specialties and in the intensive care setting. This holistic approach to clinical care is a highlight of the specialty.

Did you know? William Hewson, often referred to as the father of haematology, was a British-born surgeon, physiologist and anatomist. Amongst many of the notable contributions, his most widely-recognised was in isolating fibrin, a key protein in the blood coagulation process.

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Discover a unique opportunity in Haematology with as a Specialty Doctor or Senior Clinical Fellow! This is a chance to embark on a career development journey, gaining valuable experience for future senior roles. TheHaematology Department is renowned for its support of doctors post-core medical training, and we are committed to achieving clinical excellence, reflected in high patient satisfaction and recognition for quality care.

This role is particularly suited for overseas Consultants looking to establish themselves in the NHS or experienced IMGs seeking CESR completion.

In the Haematology Department, you\'ll be part of a dynamic, multidisciplinary team operating within the Pathology department. They provide acute care services for adult patients of all age groups, addressing both malignant and non-malignant haematological conditions. Their department includes specialized Haematology Outpatient Clinics led by experienced consultants, a Chemotherapy Unit, and Nurse-Led Anticoagulant Clinics, all maintaining the prestigious BCSH 2a status.

The post holder is expected to maintain patient\'s clinical notes and discharge summaries. The post holder undertakes exceptionally to perform additional duties in occasional emergencies and unforeseen circumstances. Upon achieving full familiarity with local protocols and procedures, you will have the opportunity to participate in the on-call rotation alongside Middle Grade/SpR Doctors within the Haematology Department. Additionally, there may be occasional requirements for you to attend outpatient clinics at peripheral hospitals as needed.

The department sits within a Health Board that serves diverse populations across Wales, delivering comprehensive healthcare services through a dedicated team of 11,000 professionals. Their mission is to provide safe, timely care while continuously improving local services in collaboration with local government and the third sector.

Additionally, the Health Board is located in West Wales and offers not only a beautiful landscape of coastlines, hills, and countryside but also a tight-knit community, quality education, and outdoor opportunities for hiking, cycling, watersports, and exploration. This region provides a relaxed and nature-filled lifestyle away from urban hustle and bustle.

This is your chance to be a part of a Health Board that is committed to your career growth. Join them to elevate your medical career and make a meaningful impact in healthcare.


EEA Candidates:

  • Experience of working in Haematology
  • Board Certified Specialist in  Haematology

Non-EEA Candidates:

  • Experience of working in Haematology
  • Eligibility for GMC registration
  • OET or IELTS (candidates who have booked their test and have good levels of English will be considered)

UK based applicants

  • Experience of working in Haematology
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An excellent opportunity for an experienced Consultant in Haematology to join a Health Board in North Wales that promotes equality and diversity. If you love a challenge, have a passion to help others or simple fancy a fresh start, then this Health Board has all the ingredients. The post if suitable for overseas consultants, including candidates who are pursuing CESR. Specialists in Haematology holding a specialist certification would be suitable for this post, based on experience entering at either Specialty Doctor or Consultant grade. 

Overseas applications from experienced Specialty Doctors and Consultants are welcomed. 


The Health Board is largest health organisation in Wales, that are developing an integrated health service which provides excellent care delivered in partnership with the public and other statutory and third sector organisations.

The Health Board have a budget of £1.3 billion and a workforce of over 17,000 staff. Providing primary, community, mental health and acute hospital services for the population of around 700,000 across of North Wales. They continuously develop their workforce so that it has the right skills and operates in a research-rich learning culture.

Besides their three main hospital sites, they are also responsible for community hospitals, health centres, clinics, mental health units, community teams, GP practices and other NHS services provided by dentists, opticians and pharmacists. They plan to improve the health of the population, with particular focus upon the most vulnerable in our society.


The Haematology Department offers a broad spectrum of tests for the diagnosis and monitoring diseases, and response to therapy. The Department offers outpatient, day case and inpatient facilities. The service is led by a Clinical Director and supported by Consultants and Associated Specialist Staff.



North Wales has a vast national park, purpose built mountain biking trails, a breath taking coastal path, soaring zip wire, food festivals and world class sport and adventure around every corner. The North Wales is equipped with sport and leisure centres that provide opportunities for a wide variety of sporting, fitness and recreational activities. Not only does it have lots of activities for you, it also has a wide selection of private housing is available, both traditional and modern in towns, villages and rural settings.

For doctors with family, the educational standards are consistently high in both the primary and secondary sectors. There are several well established independent schools within North Wales and the surrounding area that cater for both day pupils and boarders. The regional University with its excellent scholastic reputation has a thriving student community.

You can say goodbye to heavy inner city commuter traffic, and enjoy a breath-taking commute across North Wales.


With an extremely active education/teaching programme supported by the consultant team, there is opportunity to work towards and complete CESR, exams, get involved in active research and many aspects of CPD. 

Participation in research and educational activities will be encouraged.


EEA Candidates:

  • Experience of working in Haematology
  • Board Certified Specialist in Haematology

Non-EEA Candidates:

  • Experience of working in Haematology

UK based applicants

  • Experience of working in Haematology
  • Within 6 - 12 months of completing CCT
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A well-run and state of the art pathology collaborative in the East Midlands are actively seeking a consultant haematologist to join an existing team of 8 consultants.

This is a replacement for a consultant with an interest in Multiple Myeloma (Myeloma lead for RDH), though candidates with other areas of interest may be considered taking into account the service needs and job plans.

The Haematology department currently provides care up to Level 2b (BCSH 2010), with plans for a shared care arrangement, repatriating autologous stem cell transplant patients at day +1, to be implemented in the near future.

The successful candidate will be expected to lead the myeloma autologous stem cell program and is a  full time post, however any candidates who wish to work less than full time will be considered and supported. 

Requirements for this position are:

  • MRCP or equivalent
  • FRCPath in Haematology
  • IETLS or OET

Haematologists with senior experience practicing at consultant level are invited to apply.

International candidates with experience at consultant level and FRCPath can be considered for locum consultant roles.

UK based candidates not yet on the specialist register will be supported with their CESR application if required.

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