Vascular surgeons are trained in the diagnosis and management of conditions affecting the circulation, including disease of the arteries, veins and lymphatic vessels. They treat all parts of the vascular system excluding the heart and the brain.
Training and qualifications requiredTraining 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 four years of specialist training (ST3-6). 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 rangeWorking 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 likely. Pay scales (2017): Consultants earn between £76,761 and £103,490 per year.
Desirable skills and valuesYou'll need to be able to work under pressure and take initiative 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 and organisational skills, along with stamina. Good team working skills and the ability to lead and manage others effectively are vital.
ProspectsThere are 154 consultants in vascular surgery in England in 2016. Opportunities exist for research and teaching.
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