Medical practitioners

£76,440

Average Annual Pay

Annual Survey of Hours and Earning 2017

42

Average Weekly Hours

Annual Survey of Hours and Earning 2015

0.28%

Unemployment Rate

Labour Force Survey 2018

Future employment projections (Working Futures UK)

Description

Medical practitioners diagnose mental and physical injuries, disorders and diseases, prescribe and give treatment, recommend preventative action, and conduct medical education and research activities. They may specialise in particular areas of modern medicine or work in general practice and, where necessary, refer the patient to a specialist.

Qualifications

Entrants require a university degree from a medical school recognised by the General Medical Council followed by a year of pre-registration training as a house officer. Some medical schools operate graduate entry schemes. Once the pre-registration period as house officer is completed, doctors undertake up to two years postgraduate training in a chosen speciality.

Typical tasks

  • examines patient, arranges for any necessary x-rays or other tests and interprets results;
  • diagnoses condition and prescribes and/or administers appropriate treatment/surgery;
  • administers medical tests and inoculations against communicable diseases;
  • supervises patient’s progress and advises on diet, exercise and other preventative action;
  • refers patient to specialist where necessary and liaises with specialist;
  • prepares and delivers lectures, undertakes research, and conducts and participates in clinical trials;
  • supervises the implementation of care and treatment plans by other healthcare providers.

Common job titles

Consultant, hospital
Laryngologist
Practitioner, general
Radiologist, consultant
Reader
Doctor of medicine
Practitioner, homeopathic
FRCP
Neurologist
Specialist-registrar
Venereologist
Fellow, research, clinical
Otologist
Surgeon
Assistant, clinical
Paediatrician
Registrar (medical practice)
Examiner, medical (Jobcentre Plus)
Lecturer
Fellow
Surgeon, consultant
MRCS
Cardiologist
Psychiatrist, consultant
Registrar (hospital service)
Urologist
Nephrologist, consultant
Otorhinolaryngologist
Anaesthetist, consultant
Doctor, medical
Radiodiagnostician
Anaesthetist
Specialist, ear, nose and throat
Neurosurgeon
Consultant, medical
Physician, pharmaceutical
Practitioner, medical
Consultant in public health medicine (health authority)
Superintendent, medical
Specialist, associate (hospital service)
GP
Examiner, medical, forensic
Professor
Adviser, medical
MRCP
Obstetrician
Consultant, haematology
Dermatologist
Obstetrician, consultant
Radiotherapist
Physician
Proctologist
Radiologist
Psycho-analyst
LRCP
Physician, consultant
Doctor, hospital
FRCOG
Doctor
Practitioner, medical, general
Geriatrician
Gastroenterologist
Officer, house (hospital service)
Psychiatrist
Gynaecologist
Doctor, health, public
Fellow (university:
Homeopath
Homoeopath
Oncologist
Ophthalmologist
Rheumatologist
Registrar, specialty
Practitioner, homoeopathic
Practitioner, medical, registered
Officer, medical
Consultant (hospital service)
Referee (government:
FRCS
Registrar, practice, general
Consultant

Education background

Destination of Leavers survey, supplied by the Higher Education Statistics.