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The reasons why you should apply for NHS Acute Med posts!

  • December 24, 2020

Whilst Acute Medicine isn’t always recognised as an individual specialism in every healthcare system around the world, in the UK it is one of the most rapidly expanding fields of medicine.

This Blog article aims to provide an insight into the benefits of working in Acute Medicine and why you should consider it as a specialty when applying for NHS Jobs!

Who can apply?

Due to the fact Acute Medicine is a broad specialty, in terms of the patients and cases it sees, it requires Doctors to maintain a generalist approach. In light of this, it can attract a real breadth of applicants from overseas!

A Doctor that’s worked in an Emergency Medicine Department, General medicine setting or even a Critical Care Unit would be applicable for NHS Acute Medicine posts. Given the nature of the work and the environment in which it is conducted, Acute Medicine tends to attract dynamic individuals who enjoy the wide variety of medicine that can be seen on take and the diagnostic challenges that it may pose.

Traditionally, those applying for Acute Medicine positions within the NHS, will have passed their Royal College of Physicians examinations – so their MRCP 1, 2 and PACES. Of course, you will also need to have passed either your OET or IELTS.


The 5 main benefits of Working in Acute Medicine

  1. Broad exposure to the NHS and differing specialties - The spectrum of clinical problems within Acute Medicine is wide, so trainees become experts in acute aspects of all medical specialties and gain excellent practical procedure skills.
  1. Team Work – Acute Medicine departments work very closely with Emergency Departments, Ambulatory Care Units and General Medicine wards to ensure that patients receive the best care.  Considering this, Acute Medicine physicians are expected to work as part of a large multidisciplinary team; interacting daily with colleagues from the emergency department, critical care and many other medical specialities.
  2. Exciting and Fast Paced – Alongside ED, Acute medicine is one of the most fast paced and exciting specialties to work within in terms of its unpredictable nature. Due to the specialty being so broad, the type of patients you will see and the cases you work on will rarely be exactly the same. Every day will vary, which makes working in Acute Medicine both exciting and challenging.
  3. Lots of Vacancies – One of the most obvious benefits to Working in Acute Medicine or even considering Acute Medicine when applying for NHS jobs, is the simple fact that there are lots of vacancies. NHS Trusts are always in need of more Acute medicine physicians, specifically at ST3 to Consultant level. It is an expanding specialty, meaning that vacancies are continuous.
  4. Range of possible specialty interests – Due to the specialty being so broad, an Acute Medicine Doctor has a large range of possible specialty interests that they can choose to spend more time practicing. One such example, is Ambulatory Care; a form of outpatient care for patients presenting with an acute illness that previously may have required an in-patient stay.

Finding a position:

If you’re looking for a career in Acute Medicine then please do get in touch. BDI Resourcing have several roles across the NHS at the moment, mainly from ST3+ through to Consultant level and we would love to hear from you.


Society of Acute Medicine. 2020. Training In Acute Medicine | Society Of Acute Medicine. [online] Available at: [Accessed 22 December 2020].


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