Opportunities in medicine

Opportunities in medicine


Whether you love him or loathe him, there are few in the NHS who were sorry to see the back of former Minister for Health (Secretary of State for Health and Social Care), now serving as serving as Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs.

It is generally accepted that the present staff shortages in the NHS are due to reach almost crisis point as the UK heads towards, and beyond, Brexit. For crisis, read opportunity. https://www.independent.co.uk/news/jeremy-hunt-nurse-training-bursaries-axed-george-osborne-conservative-conference-a7979636.html

Arguably the most precious commodity in the UK, even the government’s recent policies of austerity were recently set to one side to bolster the flagging fortunes of the NHS. As a result, there are now special encouragements throughout the sector to fulfil a reinforced political focus.


Nursing is clearly a substantial proportion of NHS employment but it is the entire range of specialisations that are in need of recruitment and it is worth making yourself familiar with what that substantial range includes: https://www.healthcareers.nhs.uk/eXplore-ROLES aimCV.com suggests you also go to https://www.healthcareers.nhs.uk/career-planning/study-and-training for an idea of what is currently on offer. It is also worth pointing out the importance of an application, and that a professionally written CV or résumé is going to be of enormous assistance in separating the wheat from the chaff.


There is little point in pretending there aren’t problems within a number of aspects of NHS and other employer’s demands. Equally, what problems exist are likely to find far more flexible solutions where employers needs are in turmoil, and there can be little doubt about the present predicament of the employer and the government.

Those who are trained and diligent contributors can expect continued, valuable, career development, and support. Initiative and problem solving lie at the heart of future developments within one of the most complex and sophisticated organisations on the planet. There are truly amazing ranges of skills and experience required for the ongoing development our national treasure, and significant career opportunities are abundant as a result.

From midwifery to palliative care, the beginning to the end, and everything in between, exciting opportunities are waiting to be explored and rewarded.


The General Practitioner or GP is usually the first point of contact with the National Health Service (NHS), for the general public. As the title suggests a GP is expected to have the widest of medical knowledge from observing likelihoods, covering all ages, and all potential, to recognising any condition presented by the patient, whether mental, physical, or circumstantial. S/he then needs to know precisely what action to take, advise, or recommend. The role varies widely across the British Isles and is very much dependent on the location of the surgery: inner city Glasgow is going to be very different for a GP from the requirements in industrial centres in the Midlands, and very different again from those of rural Norfolk.

Although paid (£55k – £80+) between twice and three times the national UK average (£27k), there is a shortage of GPs in the UK and around the world https://www.bmj.com/content/358/bmj.j3191 . In Australia for example, and depending on experience, a GP can expect between £100k & £200k, should that be of interest.

You will find the pathway and qualifications required here: https://www.ucas.com/ucas/after-gcses/find-career-ideas/explore-jobs/job-profile/general-practitioner


Consultants in England earn from £60,000 to more than £100,000 within the NHS and considerably more when mixed with, or exclusively, private practice (No. Not the American TV drama series!). After qualifying as a doctor, the candidate undergoes specialty training in a specific field. Examples such as: anaesthesia, clinical oncology, radiology, community sexual health, emergency medicine, acute internal medicine and clinical genetics are just a few of the areas of speciality common within the world of medicine. This site will provide you with accurate details https://www.medschools.ac.uk/studying-medicine/after-medical-school/specialties


Due to the availability of universal, state-funded, healthcare in the UK, private medicine is a relatively small niche market. Even so, privatisation is a growth market and given the constant strain on the public purse from the NHS, most governments will, almost inevitably, tend towards reducing their own (the public’s and the taxpayer’s), liabilities where ever they feel they can get away with it. You will find an overview of the present situation here: https://store.mintel.com/uk-private-healthcare-market-report


Some are drawn to the enormous demands of dealing with the sick and those diagnosed with illness but others may not find this appealing. It is worth pointing out here that there are many who feel, what is often referred to as a calling or a vocation, and the demands referred to above lie at the very heart of their desire to nurse and care for others. But for those who do not, the field is again, a wide one.

Research is prevalent throughout medicine and there is a global network of those interested and involved. ‘New Scientist’ is the universal bible for all aspects of science and https://jobs.newscientist.com/en-gb/article/how-to-make-a-career-in-medical-research-/ will show you some of the milestones required, with additional references to potentially important internships.


Many years ago I was told that, deep down, all humans are only interested in three things: health, wealth & love. I would like to think you would find all three above and so, finally, good luck…

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