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Surgeons diagnose and treat disease or disorders in patients that need surgical treatment in hospital. They specialise in different types of surgery dealing with specific parts of the body such as the heart and lungs or the brain and nervous systems.

The Work

The main areas of surgical specialty are:

You could be:

Pay

As of April 2016, in most junior posts (Foundation Year 1) you would earn a basic £23,672 a year, increasing to a basic of £29,361 a year in Foundation Year 2. In specialist training this rises to a basic of £31,220 a year.

Training salaries increase between 20% and 50% with supplements, depending on the number of extra hours and intensity of work involved. A doctor in the new specialty doctor grade earns between £38,685 and £72,140 a year.

A consultant's salary ranges from £78,304 to £105,570 a year or more.

Conditions

Workforce Employment Status

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Getting In

To qualify as a hospital doctor you need a degree in medicine and surgery which is recognised by the General Medical Council (GMC).

Other requirements:

After your degree you do a 2-year foundation training programme, which gives you registration with the GMC, which you need to work as a Surgeon (see 'Training' below). You can find work as a surgeon with both with the National Health Service (NHS) and in private hospitals.

Workforce Education Levels (UK)

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Job Outlook Scotland

Employment

Unemployment

Percentage of workforce registered as unemployed (Scotland)

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Job Outlook Scotland and UK

  Scotland
2018
25128
1.8 %
RISE
2023
25568
  United Kingdom
2018
251400
2.6 %
RISE
2023
257907

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What Does it Take?

You need to have:

You also need to be:

Training

Getting On

More Information

You might enjoy using the A Taste of Medicine website developed by St. George's University of London, especially the interactive games and video profiles.

If you want a taste of what it is like to be a doctor and what to expect from the medical profession, then you should visit the Medic Insight website. This is a new programme run by NHS Lothian and NHS Tayside in conjunction with the Universities of Edinburgh and Dundee, and is aimed at S4 and S5 students considering a career in the profession. It is run in Edinburgh, Dundee and Glasgow as either a week-long event (June) or day-long event (February), and gives you access to consultancies, theatres and a wide range of specialties and levels of clinicians in a hospital setting. The website gives details on intake dates, availability and booking.

Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

British Medical Association (BMA) (Scotland)
Tel: 0131 247 3000
E-mail: BMAScotland@bma.org.uk
Website: http://www.bma.org.uk/
Twitter: @TheBMA
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheBMA

General Medical Council (GMC)
Tel: 0131 525 8700
E-mail: gmcscotland@gmc-uk.org
Website: http://www.gmc-uk.org/
Twitter: @gmcuk
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GMCUK

Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh
Tel: 0131 527 1600
E-mail: mail@rcsed.ac.uk
Website: http://www.rcsed.ac.uk/
Twitter: @RCSEd
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rcsed

Skills for Health
Tel: 0117 922 1155
E-mail: contactus@skillsforhealth.org.uk
Website: http://www.skillsforhealth.org.uk/
Twitter: @Skillsforhealth
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/skillsforhealth1

Skills for Health is the Sector Skills Council for the health sector.

UK Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT)
Tel: 0161 855 7409
Website: http://www.ukcat.ac.uk
Twitter: @UKCATest
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/UKClinicalAptitudeTest

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