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What to expect working in Acute Medicine in the NHS

  • June 03, 2020

This Blog article aims to provide insight into what working as an Acute Medicine Doctor in the UK is like.


What is Acute Medicine and How does it differ from General Medicine?

According to the Society for Acute Medicine, “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. Working in a fast-paced environment, Acute Medics tend to be quite ‘hands-on’ and enjoy working as part of a team.”

More specifically, Doctors in Acute medicine assess, investigate, diagnose and manage the care of patients with conditions that have developed quickly, exhibit severe symptoms and may be life-threatening. Due to the multidisciplinary environment, every day as an Acute Medicine Doctor will vary in its level of intensity.

In many ways, Acute Medicine can be referred to as a sub-strand of Emergency Medicine or urgent care and it’s not something that there’s often a comparable unit to in other healthcare systems. In this way, it’s well worth considering that if you’re looking at a role in Acute Medicine, then you may want to be coming from a background where you’ve done a high frequency of on call, seeing lots of inpatients daily in a busy hospital.

Where will I be working?

Most Acute Medicine Doctors will spend the majority of their working Day in the Acute Medical Unit (AMU) of the Trust however they will also see patients in the Emergency Department, Ambulatory Care Clinic (ACC) and other inpatient wards.

The AMU is often a busy and bustling ward hosting a mixture of clinical pathologies and patients of all ages. Almost all medical patients are admitted to the hospital through the AMU and this is therefore seen as the hub for secondary medical care. Within the AMU the staffing team will consists of Junior Doctors, Middle Grades and Consultants alongside Nurses and medical secretaries. They will also be working closely with A&E and critical care staff, surgical teams, pharmacists, physiotherapists and social workers.

As previously mentioned, Doctors in Acute Medicine may also spend a significant amount of time working in the Ambulatory Care Clinic (ACC), providing same day medical assessment care, with the traditional aspects of acute medical care but avoids hospital admission, strengthening and improving admission avoidance.  

Relocating to the UK

If you are an international Acute Medicine Doctor with MRCP or PLAB who would like to relocate to the UK, email your CV to [email protected] and we can support you in securing an NHS post and on your journey to relocate to the UK.

Are you a member of our Facebook group? When you join IMG Advisor, you join a community of doctors all looking to relocate to the UK and join the NHS. We post a series of blogs and vlogs to the group each day. We will also be on hand to answer all of your relocation queries.

Subscribe to our YouTube channel! We have over 60 videos covering everything you need to know about relocating to the UK and joining the NHS.

Listen to BDI Resourcing on the go with IMG Advisor the Podcast! You can listen to us on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher and Buzzsprout. We have a number of episodes with tips and advice on relocating to the UK and the routes you can take to achieve this.

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