Working life (neurology)

This page provides useful information about the roles and responsibilities of neurologists, where they work, who they work with and what they feel about their role.

“I chose neurology as a profession because the brain is the most interesting part of the body. The others just don't compare. It's what makes us human. Neurological disorders are really fascinating, and the future holds exciting possibilities as a result of the merging of other disciplines such as neuropsychiatry and neuropathology with neurology.”  Nigel Leigh, Professor of Neurology.

Most days, neurologists will see a mix of new and follow-up patients in an outpatient clinic at a regional centre or district general hospital. In an average clinic, neurologists would typically see seven or eight new patients or 6-10 for follow ups. They may also see inpatients admitted to hospital through the general medical take, do ward rounds and see ward referrals.

They have to spend some time dealing with correspondence relating to patients they have seen previously.

Most neurologists will spend at least half a day a week at a regional centre in academic meetings with neurosurgeons, neuroradiologists and other neurological colleagues.

Most neurologists are involved in acute neurology (patients with neurological disorders who present to hospital), either in a primary role or in consultation.

The vast majority of neurologists work sociable hours with a moderate on call commitment. Just over 45% say they are routinely on call at weekends.

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