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Oncology in the NHS offers career progression, leadership, a clear pathway to specialist registration with a competitive salary....

Oncology in the NHS branches into two main sub-specialisms, medical oncology and clinical oncology, and cancer waiting times are one of the most critical performance indicators an NHS trust is judged upon. As such oncology is an area with significant demand with numbers of qualified doctors in the NHS being relatively low. This means there are many fantastic opportunities available to oncologists offering CESR, CCT and specialist registration support, whilst leadership roles with significant career development are available to most specialists entering the UK system.

Requirements for an overseas doctor in these areas:

  • IELTS or OET
  • Medical Oncologists’ must obtain MRCP
  • Clinical Oncologists’ must obtain FRCR
  • EEA applicants will only require GMC registration and IELTS or OET

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

Clinical oncologists often work in specialist cancer hospitals, large teaching hospitals and district general hospitals and your week will often include multidisciplinary team meetings, outpatients’ clinic, inpatient ward round, writing reports for GPs, teaching sessions for junior colleagues and very importantly, research. Research is an integral part of clinical oncology.

Medical oncologists work to provide the best possible outcome for cancer patients, whether that is cure, or palliation and prolongation of good quality life. In addition they also provide counselling for patients and their families, whilst clinical research is an important feature of their role like clincal oncologists. Clinical care, clinical trials, laboratory and translational cancer research form an integral part of the training and they are trained to work as part of a multidisciplinary team, being able to advise on all aspects of treatment including surgery and radiotherapy as well as having the skills to administer systemic therapies. A medical oncologists work also includes diagnosing cancers, discussing treatment options with patients, arranging and supervising drug treatment and therapies including the management of any complications that may arise and supporting patients and overseeing their care, including their lives after treatment.

Medical oncologists treat patients who have localised or metastatic malignancy in need of systemic therapy. They also treat patients whose cancer has potentially been cured by surgery but for whom further therapy improves their outlook.

Medical and clinical oncologists often work in partnership together, and clinical oncology covers both the therapeutic administration of ionising radiation (radiotherapy) and cytotoxic chemotherapy. However, only clinical oncologists administer radiotherapy.

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NHS Cancer targets work to 85% of patients to start their first cancer treatment for cancer within two months of an urgent GP referral. This timeframe is also applied to patients referred from an NHS cancer screening service however the operational threshold is set at 90%



£70,000 - £108,000

Applications are open for senior medical oncologist working as consultants, or with aspirations to practice as a NHS consultant. Support with CESR applications will be considered.

Working across one of the largest and busiest acute teaching trusts in England, the role is working with the trust's partnership with a clinically lead oncology centre across the midlands and will offer great learning and senior exposure to oncology experts in the region.

The department's equipment is state of the art and the role will involve much teaching and mentoring with juniors once the successful applicant is established in the department.

A full job description is available upon request.

Requirements for this position are:

  • MRCP, FRCP or equivalent
  • CCT or CESR desireable
  • Demonstrable experience in Urology & HpB cancer treatment
  • Broad experience in other tuour sites
  • Extensive experience in medical oncology

Senior medical oncologists looking to enter the specialist register via either CCT or CESR on their journey to their first NHS consultant post are welcome to apply.

£79,000 - £108,000

This is an excellent opportunity for aspiring oncology consultants to join a specialist cancer centre in the North East of England.

The Department of Oncology wishes to appoint a locum Consultant in GI oncology on an initial fixed-term contract or permanent contract, depending on whether the applicant has Specialist Registration or not.

The appointment would bring the current consultant workforce to twenty-one oncologists and the post will be predominantly based in the Cancer Centre at the main site, with the option of a peripheral clinic in nearby towns.

The post would focus on colorectal or upper GI cancer and cancer of the unknown primary (CUP) with possible work in other disease sites if needed.

The area has seen significant investment into oncology services alongside an expansion of consultant numbers. The £35M oncology Endeavour unit was opened in April 2012 and the specialist cancer centre in 2018.

The department boasts an expanded chemotherapy unit designed to meet the increasing demand for systemic treatment with established nurse-led and pharmacy-led chemotherapy clinics.

The trust also has state of the art radiotherapy facilities which are used to develop and deliver innovative radiotherapy techniques

Overseas candidates are particularly welcome to apply as the Trust has particular support in place for the development and progression of overseas doctors, particularly those looking to apply for CESR in Oncology.

Requirements for this position are the following:

  • Consultant experience in medical oncology
  • SCE in medical oncology is desirable 

Successful applicants will be supported with Tier 2 visa by the trust and iMG Connect, whilst those applying for CESR will be fully supported by the lead consultant and trust.

£75,000 to £104,000

A great opportunity to join a high performing trust and oncology department as a consultant medical oncologist.

This post will support out-patient care for breast and urological cancers as well as attending within the urological cancer team, as well as a place on the medical oncology acute oncology on call rota.

The successful applicant will be part of the Medical Oncology Breast and Urology teams.

This trust is looking for experienced oncologists, and can offer support with the CESR application. 


  • MRCP
  • consultant experience in oncology 
£79,000 - £107,000

An exciting consultant medical oncology vacancy to join a dynamic and committed team. You will join an existing team of 5 consultants providing a full range of oncology services for the common cancers.  

All sub-specialty preferences will be considered, including all tumour sites. 

The department is modern with state-of-the-art facilities. In addition you will have access to first class learning and development opportunities, including CESR support.

There will be the opportunity to develop related interests according to your experience and interests.

The department will also provide mentorship from a senior member of the team within the department.

The Trust is  and associated teaching hospital and is committed to an active research programme in cancer and participates in several National Cancer Research studies. 


  • MRCP 
  • Consultant oncology experience 

If you are looking to work towards CESR, whilst joining an established and modern Medical Oncology team, then this will be an excellent consultant vacancy for you. 

£80,000 - £107,000

One of the midlands finest and most well-run trusts are looking for two consultant medical oncologists to join an existing team of 14 consultants. Support with CESR and applications to specialist register for international candidates will be provided. 

The department are looking for Medical Oncologists with interest in Lung and UGI however there could be some flexibility which the department would be more than happy to discuss.

The Cancer Business Unit offers high quality clinical care within flexible and sustainable job plan structures. They positively encourage part time working and are happy to recruit less than full time candidates to complement the existing medical team.

RDH Chemotherapy facility includes a state of the art Day Unit with 24 outpatient chemotherapy chairs, a 5 chair assessment bay for unwell patients, two 2 bedded side rooms, and 4 counseling/clinic rooms. Chemotherapy is prepared in a satellite pharmacy within the Unit. Treatment is provided by experienced chemotherapy nurses who are well versed in cannulation and administering chemotherapy.

The QHB Chemotherapy facility includes a state of the art Chemotherapy Unit with 18 outpatient chemotherapy chairs, two bedded side-rooms for assessing and treating unwell patients, and 7 counseling/clinic rooms integrated with Oncology.

Requirements for this position are:

  • FRCR or equivalent
  • CCT, CESR or within six-months of attaining OR
  • Evidence that the GMC is processing a Specialist Registration application (this must be provided prior to interview)

Overseas applicants that are practicing independently as medical oncologists are welcome to apply and have a discussion with the IMG Connect Team. Support will be offered to international candidates for both Visa and Specialist Registration processes (CESR, CCT).

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