The largest medical specialty within the NHS, is Geriatrics. The specialty itself is exciting and rapidly growing – concerned with all aspects of health and illness in older adults. There are presently around 800 Consultants in the specialty within the NHS and numbers are expanding, so career prospects are excellent. This Blog article aims to provide insight into what working within the field of Geriatric Medicine Doctor in the UK is like.
As an international recruitment agency, BDI Resourcing recommend that aspiring Geriatricians, wanting to work within the NHS, take the MRCP route to their GMC Registration.
It is important to note that almost all geriatricians within the NHS will take part in the unselected medical take (seeing hospital patients with acute medical conditions) or perform other out-of-hours work in clinical decision or medical assessment units.
Additionally, when working as a Geriatrician you should expect to be working closely with large multidisciplinary teams alongside a variety of other NHS staff including specialist nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, GPs, pharmacists, social workers as well as other medical specialties. The individuals you work with will depend on where you are working within the Hospital and Community – which may change daily.
Of course, whilst it is impossible to predict the daily procedures and interventions you may be carrying out on a day to day basis within the NHS, you will commonly be:
Working as a Geriatrician allows you to maintain a generalist approach while also developing a sub-specialty interest. This can range from stroke to Parkinson's disease, falls and fracture prevention, diabetes or cardiovascular disease.
Geriatric medicine has one official GMC recognized sub-specialty, Stroke Medicine. If you are a Geriatrician within the NHS practicing at ST3+ level, you can choose to partake in a specialist program (ST3-ST6) which would then make you eligible to have the sub-specialty of Stroke Medicine included in your entry in the GMC’s specialist Register alongside the award of a CCT in Geriatric Medicine.
Due to the fact that Geriatrics is such a large specialty and most Doctors will also operate within Acute Medicine, you could expect to be working in a number of different hospital and community settings, including:
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