Haematologists diagnose and clinically manage disorders of the blood and bone marrow. They also provide clinical support for the haematology diagnostic laboratory including the blood bank.
Training and qualifications requiredYou'll follow are set pattern of training which usually starts with a five year first degree in medicine and two years of foundation training, You'll then undertake two years of core training (CT1-2), followed by five years of specialist training (ST3-7. This period of training will include completing your royal college exams. Length of training can vary according to your circumstances.
Expected working hours and salary rangeDoctors may work up to 48 hours a week. The working hours may sometimes extend beyond the normal working day to include early mornings, evenings and weekends. On call likely. Pay scales (2017): Consultants earn between £76,761 and £103,490.
Desirable skills and valuesThe ability to work under-pressure with a willingness to accept new ideas is important. You'll also need good team-working and communication skills. An empathic approach towards patients with chronic and terminal disorders is also vital.
ProspectsThere are 759 consultants in haematology in England in 2016. Opportunities exist for research and teaching.
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