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Pharmaceutical medicine

Pharmaceutical physicians work with pharmaceutical industries, research organisations, medical regulatory bodies (such as the MHRA) or as independent practitioners to develop, evaluate and market new medicines for the benefit of patients and the health of the community.

Training and qualifications required

Training usually starts with a five year first degree in medicine. 2 years foundation doctor training, 2 years core training (CT1-2), followed by 4 years specialists 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 unlikely. Pharmaceutical physicians generally work outside of the NHS, and salaries vary but can often be in the range of £60 - 100K per annum.

Desirable skills and values

For this role you'll have an understanding of clinical procedures which will be supported by your knowledge of acute clinical management and care, prescribing and monitoring of medicines, prioritising and maximising patient safety and minimising risk. You'll understand and be interested in the basic principles of scientific and clinical research methodologies and evidence-based medical practice. You're good communication, team working and leadership skills are essential for the role. These will be supported by your time management and critical thinking skills to understand and solve complex problems, work under pressure and have a high degree of professional integrity and respect for others.

Prospects

There are no figures available for consultant numbers. There are 176 higher specialty trainees in the UK (RCP census, 2016). Opportunities exist for research and teaching.
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