Doctors working in infectious diseases (ID) diagnose, investigate and treat infections caused by many micro-organisims such as bacteria, viruses, protozoa and fungi.
Training and qualifications requiredTraining usually starts with a five year first degree in medicine, MBBS. 2 years foundation doctor training, 2 years core training (CT1-2), 2 years specialists training in combined infection (ST3-4). Followed by 2 years specialist training in Infectious Diseases (ST5-6). This period of training will include 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 possible. Pay scales (2017): Consultants earn between £76,761 and £103,490.
Desirable skills and valuesFor this role you'll need good time and resource management capabilities. You will be able to take the initiative and participate in research. You'll have a keen interest in safeguarding public health, whilst staying up-to-date in areas such as epidemiology, virology, molecular medicine and bacteriology. These skills will be supported by your excellent communication skills, team working and leadership skills.
ProspectsThere are 133 consultants in infectious diseases in England in 2016. Opportunities exist for research and teaching.
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