Specialities within Doctors
Anaesthetics, Emergency, Medicine, General medicine, General surgery, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Paediatrics, Psychiatry, Trauma and Orthopaedics.
Typical Work Activities
All specific tasks depend on speciality. However, there are responsiblities that are likely to be carried out on a daily/weekly basis, for all doctors regardless of their speciality. Some of which include:
Monitoring and providing general care to patients on hospital wards and in outpatient clinics. Admitting patients requiring special care followed by investigations and treatment. Examining and talking to patients to diagnose their medical conditions. Carrying out specific procedures, e.g. performing operations and specialist investigations. Making notes, both as a legal record of treatment and for the benefit of other healthcare professionals. Working with other doctors as part of a team, either in the same department or within other specialties.
Degree in Medicine recognised by the General Medical Council (GMC). The degree has to be 2:1 or higher.
Strong academic capability and a good mark in any admissions tests.
Ability to communicate well with people, demonstrating empathy and reflection.
Salary & Conditions
Junior doctors in their first year of postgraduate foundation training earn a basic salary of around £22,400 a year. The basic salary in Foundation Year 2 increases to £27,800. Doctors in specialist training earn a basic salary of around £29,700 plus supplement. Consultants earn a basic annual salary of between around £74,500 and £100,400 depending on length of service and payment of additional performance-related awards.