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Helping you find a career as a Hospital doctor

As a hospital doctor, you will examine, diagnose and continue to care for patients who have been referred to the hospital by GPs and other professionals. It's a position with a lot of responsibility and you'll get to help people when they're unwell. It can be a stressful but fulfilling job.


What does a Hospital doctor do?
Your duties will include:
  • Monitoring and provide general care to patients

  • Admitting patients when necessary to special care, followed by investigations and treatment

  • Examining patients to diagnose their condition

  • Carrying out specific procedures

  • Making explanatory notes and preparing paperwork, both explaining legality of treatments and for the benefit of other healthcare specialists

  • Working within a multidisciplinary team, from both the same and different department

  • Promoting health education

  • Undertaking managerial responsibilities, e.g. planning the workload and staffing of the department, discussing patient specific treatment and progress etc.

  • Supervising junior doctors and medical trainee students

  • Carrying out auditing and research
Skills & interests required for a Hospital doctor
  • Commitment to the care of patients

  • Emotional stamina

  • A willingness to accept responsibility

  • The ability to make clinical decisions

  • The ability to prioritise workload and work under pressure

  • Self-motivation

  • The ability to communicate with people, e.g. staff, patients and families

  • A great team-worker

  • A natural leader
What hours does a Hospital doctor typically do?
In this role you should expect to work very long and unsocial hours, such as weekends and nights (usually on a rota basis), you may also be involved in on-call duties.
What environment is a Hospital doctor based in?
Settings include: wards, consulting rooms, operating theatres, laboratories and special units.
How much does a Hospital doctor travel?
Travel is usually expected as part of a working day and if you are on an on-call rota system. You can expect to be absent from home overnight on occasion if you are on-call and a patient requires your assistance.
How much does a Hospital doctor get paid?
As a junior doctor in Foundation Year 1 (F1) you can earn a basic salary of £26,614 per annum and in F2, this can rise to £30,805.

A doctor in specialist training starts at £36,461 per annum and will rise to £46,208. Once training is finished, specialty doctors can earn anywhere between £37,923 to £70,718 per annum. Consultants earn a basic salary of £76,761 to £103,490 per annum depending on length of service.
Perks & benefits
In training, you will receive extra pay for working over 40 hours a week and there is a 37% enhancement for working nights and allowances for weekend and on-call work.
What qualifications does a Hospital doctor need?
You need the minimum of a degree in medicine that is recognised by the General Medical Council (GMC), a two-year foundation programme of general training, and specialist training in a chosen area of medicine.

You may also be required to complete the UK Clinical Aptitude Test (UK-CAT) or BioMedical Admissions Test (BMAT).
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