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  1. Trauma and orthopaedic surgery

    Trauma and orthopaedic surgeons diagnose and treat a wide range of conditions of the musculoskeletal system. This includes bones and joints and their associated structures that enable movement - ligaments, tendons, muscles and nerves. Trauma and orthopaedic surgery is often abbreviated to T&O surgery.

    Training usually starts with a five year first degree in medicine and two years of foundation training. You'll then do two years of core training (CT1–2), followed by five years specialist training (ST3-7). This period of training will include completing your royal college exams. Length of training can vary according to your circumstances.
    Working hours should not exceed 48 hours a week. The working hours may sometimes extend beyond the normal working day to include early mornings, evenings and weekends. On call highly likely. Pay scales (2017): Consultants earn between £76,761 and £103,490.
    You'll need the stamina and initiative to work in highly pressurised and emotive situations. Practical skills such as good hand-eye co-ordination, manual dexterity and visuo-spatial awareness are important. You'll also need good communication, organisational and team-working skills. Enthusiasm, commitment and the ability to cope in a crisis are vital.
    There are 2,358 consultants in trauma and orthopaedic surgery in England in 2016. Opportunities exist for research and teaching.
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