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Specialist Medicine

Gastroenterology, dermatology, haematology, respiratory, neurology, stroke, geriatrics are NHS specialties in high demand…

A career in one of the various in-demand sub-specialties of medicine (or specialist medicines) offers fantastic career development via various routes to CCT specialty training programmes or specialist registration via CESR, within exciting and dynamic working environments with rewarding salaries and future leadership opportunities.

What are the requirements to work in the various specialist areas of medicine in the UK? *

  • IELTS or OET 
  • PLAB, MRCP(UK) or equivalent qualifications
  • GMC registration

*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?

Usually doctors in these specialist areas of medicine will treat patients in an acute hospital setting aside from dermatology, which can occasionally be treated in a community or general practice setting. 

Exactly how a typical working week looks will obviously depend on which sub-specialty and hospital you are practicing in (i.e. dermatology or gastroenterology). However, you can expect your job plan to be consist of ward rounds in your specialism and often general medicine, general clinics in areas sub-specialization, and procedural work as per your experience. Generally, you will work with doctors and nurses from a wide variety of specialisms including surgery, emergency and acute medicine and you can usually expect to be part of the on-call rota.

Did you know?

The NHS in England deals with over 1 million patients every 36 hours across 135 acute hospital trusts. Not suprisingly this requires a huge number of staff, and the NHS is the 5th largest employer in the world!


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