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Stroke medicine

Doctors working in stroke medicine provide acute care and on-going rehabilitation to patients who have suffered from a stroke. They provide accurate diagnosis and use investigations to provide safe and appropriate management of stroke.  

Training and qualifications required

You'll follow a set pattern of training, which usually starts with a five year first degree in medicine. You’ll then complete two years of foundation training, and two years of core training (CT1-2) or three years acute care common stem (ACCS). Following that, there will be between five and eight years of specialty training (ST3-8), which varies according to the parent specialty chosen. This period of training will include completing your royal college exams. Advanced sub-specialty training of between one and two years is also needed. Length of training can vary according to your circumstances.

Expected working hours and salary range

Doctors may work up to 48 hours a week. The working hours may sometimes extend beyond the normal working day to include early mornings, evenings. On call highly likely. Pay scales (2017): NHS consultants earn between £76,761 and £103,490.

Desirable skills and values

You’ll need excellent attention to detail, the ability to make decisions quickly and be able to work under pressure using attention to detail. You’ll also need good management and leadership skills which you’ll transfer to a variety of settings. It’ll be necessary to maintain your problem-solving skills and stay up to date with research and treatment advances.

Prospects

Stroke medicine is a small sub-specialist area of medicine. There are currently 197 stroke consultants in England in 2016. Opportunities exist for research and teaching.
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