Entry requirements, skills and interests (stroke medicine)

This page provides useful information about the entry requirements needed for this specialty up to and including foundation training. It also includes information on the skills and interests you will need.

Entry requirements

Prior to starting your specialty training you need to have completed a medical degree followed by the two-year foundation programme and then two or three years of core training,

This might be core medical training (two years), acute care common stem (three years) or one of the other acceptable pathways for your chosen specialty (see training and development section for this article, and other doctor role articles for more information).

If you have already made a decision to pursue a career in stroke medicine, try to get experience in the specialty or related areas.

To find information about getting into medical school, visit our applying to medicine pages.

To find information about the foundation programme, visit our applying for Foundation training page.

If you're applying for a role either directly in the NHS or in an organisation that provides NHS services you'll be asked to show how you think the NHS values apply in your everyday work. The same will be true if you're applying for a university course funded by the NHS.

Find out more about NHS values.

Skills and interests

Stroke medicine physicians need:

  • excellent communication skills to work in a multidisciplinary stroke service, in a hospital or in the community and with other agencies
  • the sensitivity to work with patients who may have communication difficulties and or cognitive impairment and may also be nearing the end of their life
  • the ability to work well under pressure and to cope well with a very busy and often demanding working day
  • good management skills in order to lead a team and develop and evaluate services
  • a supportive and positive approach to problem-solving to help patients maximise their potential who may have on-going medical problems
  • a familiarity with research methods and a willingness to keep up-to-date with research and advances in treatment


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