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Rehabilitation medicine

Specialists in rehabilitation medicine (RM) work closely with many other medical specialties, healthcare professionals and other agencies to assess and provide interventions to individuals with complex disabling conditions. The aim is to optimise recovery after severe injuries in the acute phase and improve function and promote participation in society in the longer term for all people with conditions which give rise to disability.

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Training and qualifications required

Training usually starts with a five year first degree in medicine. 2 year foundation doctor training, 2 year core medical training and 4 year specialist training (ST3-6). This period of training will include your royal college exams. Length of training can vary according to your circumstances.

Expected working hours and salary 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 and weekends, on call possible. Pay scales (2017): Consultants earn between £76,761 and £103,490.

Desirable skills and values

For this role you'll be able to analyse and solve complex clinical problems whilst having an holistic approach to patient and family care. You will also enjoy working in a multidisciplinary team (MDT) and marrying different points of view for the benefit of patients. These skills will be aided by your good communication and team working skills.

Prospects

There are 123 consultants in rehabilitation medicine in England in 2016. Opportunities exist for research and teaching
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