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Paediatrics is one of the largest consultant specialities in the UK

With demand in general paediatrics, community paediatrics and neonatology, working as a paediatrician in the NHS gives you the opportunity to secure jobs offering competitive salaries, career progression, access to Specialty Training, CESR and CCT.

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

  • IELTS or OET 
  • GMC registration 
  • EEA applicants will only require GMC Registration and IELTS or OET 

IMG Library Find out more  about IELTS or OET, GMC Registration, PLABMRCPCH or to understand an Overseas Paediatricians's Route to the UK.

What should I know about Paediatrics in the UK?  

It is a large and diverse field, including high technology specialties such as Neonatology, to community-based services managing patient care. In the UK, the specialism is forward looking, with research regularly leading to medical advances. 

Paediatricians may offer any of these three levels of patient care:

  • primary care in the community and general practice settings
  • secondary care, perhaps in a hospital setting
  • tertiary care, usually in larger district general and teaching hospitals

Vacancies can be found in the following four areas: 

  • general paediatrics 
  • neonatology - usually based in an intensive care unit
  • community pediatrics 
  • pediatric cardiology 

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

Paediatrics is a progressive specialty, embracing flexible training and working. Many paediatricians work less than full time and enjoy flexible hours in a variety of settings including hospitals, clinics and in the community. 

Paediatricians can expect to work as part of a multidisciplinary team and work with a range of professionals. 
Responsibilities usually include:

  • outpatient consultations and clinical management
  • clinical advice to external agencies and professionals 
  • 24-hour services for acute inpatient care and A&E

Did you know? UK hospitals are at the forefront of clinical research and advances in technology to improve the quality of life for children with rare and complex conditions worldwide. Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH), possibly one of the most famous children’s hospitals in the world, has recently committed to investing £50million into breakthroughs of the future.


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