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Neurologists diagnose, treat and manage disorders that affect the central nervous system (the brain and spinal cord) and the peripheral nervous system (nerves and muscles which activate movement and transmit sensation from all parts of the body to the brain).

Training and qualifications required

Training usually starts with a five year first degree in medicine. You’ll then complete two years of foundation training, two years of core training (CT1-2) and four years of specialty 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 likely. Pay scales (2017): NHS consultants earn between £76,761 and £103,490.

Desirable skills and values

For this role you’ll have a strong interest in the central and peripheral nervous system and its affects anatomically and physiologically. You’ll be an excellent communicator, demonstrating compassion at all times. Whilst your good time management and organisational skills give you the ability to work well in a team. Your good problem solving skills are supported by your excellent questioning, listening and research skills which are necessary to reflect on what you are doing and plan ahead to meet your learning needs.


There were 727 intensive care consultants/intensivists in England in 2016. Opportunities exist for research and teaching.
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