Training usually starts with a five year first degree in medicine, two years foundation doctor training, two years core training (CT1-2), followed by five years specialists training (ST3-7). This period of training will include your royal college exams. Length of training can vary according to your circumstancesDoctors may work up to 48 hours a week. The working hours may sometimes extend beyond the normal working day to include early mornings, evenings, weekends and on call. The basic salary ranges from £29,384 to £34,012. Once you start your specialty training as a clinical oncologist employed by the NHS, you can expect to earn a salary of at least £40,257, which can increase to between £84,559 and £114,003 as a consultant.For this role you'll have a high level of compassion, sensitivity and empathy to treat people with cancer. You'll need excellent communication skills to manage a wide range of relationships with colleagues, and patients and their families. You'll be emotionally resilient, have excellent problem-solving and diagnostic skills and work well in teams and under pressure. You'll also be very organised for the benefit of patients.In 2020, there were 170 applications for 49 places on specialty training for clinical oncology. You could specialise or conduct research in specific cancers, teach medical or postgraduate students, or get involved in research.
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