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Acute Trust Advisor:

The role of an Acute Trust advisor includes liaising with the PCT and Practiced Based Commissioning (PBC) groups to support Trusts in maintaining their business with the area. It is not for everyone, as it is not a clinical role but promotions can lead to management.  For more information contact the Medical Director of the hospital trust.

Alternative and Complementary Medicine:

Complementary medicine refers to ‘alternative treatments’ that run alongside conventional healthcare (to "complement") each other.   For example:
Herbal medicine, Acupuncture, Naturopathy, Reiki, Healing etc. 

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Aviation Medicine:

Aviation medicine (AM) is a branch of occupational medicine, and is the medical specialty concerned with the relationship between the aviation environment and human physiology, psychology and pathology.  Main duties include assessing the fitness and health of pilots and crew to fly.

For more information please visit the following websites:



Benefits work (Medical Adviser)

Doctors employed by ATOS Healthcare provide advice and file work on Incapacity Benefit (IB) and Disability Living Allowance, IB examinations, industrial injury claims and war pensions work, in addition to management support activities. 

For more information please visit the following website:


Clinical forensic medical examiner:

Forensic medical examiners, who deal with the living and forensic pathologists, who deal with the dead, are qualified medical practitioners who, having completed their training as doctors, choose to specialise in either field.

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Crowd Doctor:

Crowd doctors are from diverse medical backgrounds and they provide medical cover to spectators of events in stadiums across the country.

A case study on being a crowd doctor is avaliable on the Cleveland Local Medical Committee website.

Dive Medicine:

The main responsibility for dive doctors is the health and safety of the expedition team.  They need to know how to treat decompression sickness and other diving injuries.  Other duties include risk assessments, writing casualty evacuation protocols, preparing medical kits, and doing medicals before departure.
For more information please visit the following websites:



Forensic Psychiatry:

Forensic psychiatrists are involved in the assessment, treatment and rehabilitation of mentally disordered offenders.  It is a medico legal specialty providing an interface between psychiatry and the criminal justice system.  They can work in a number of settings including low secure community units, regional medium secure units, or one of the UK’s four high secure hospitals.  Duties will vary but are likely to include inpatient care, prison visits and outpatient work.  Areas within forensic psychiatry include child and adolescent psychiatry and forensic learning disability.

See the forensic psychiatry specialty pages 

For more information please visit the following websites:

Royal College of Psychiatrists: http://www.rcpsych.ac.uk/

HM Prison Service: http://www.justice.gov.uk/about/hmps

MENCAP: http://www.mencap.org.uk/

Management Consultancy:

The role of a Management Consultant is to provide advice to businesses helping them to solve problems and find solutions. Work is project based, and so varies hugely, depending on the project and the client.  Consultants are essentially high skilled problem solvers.  Academic ability, teamwork, multi-tasking & analytical skills are important.  They oversee projects and typically work 70-80 hours a week.

For more information please visit the Prospects graduate careers website.

Medical Advisers (DVLA):

16 doctors are employed in the Drivers Medical Group at the DVLA in Swansea.  Their duties include working alongside medical advisory panels & research groups in the UK to set and apply the medical standards for driver licensing in the UK.   Much of the work involves individual case assessment, for example routine and unusual medical cases.  Some medical advise on policy and legislative decisions.

For more information please visit the following websites:



Medical Communications:

Working in medical communications can involve writing protocols, clinical trials reports, conference materials, marketing literature, primary papers, reviews, training and advertising materials. The skills required include excellent communication skills, subject knowledge, editorial judgement, excellent research skills and commericial awareness.

For more information please visit the following websites





Medical Photographers:

Medical photographers provide a wide range of photographic services to staff working in the medical field. They use photography and sometimes video for:

• Patient care - taking photographs of patients to help diagnosis, and to track and record treatment.
• General information and marketing - taking photographs for publications such as hospital newsletters and annual reports.

Medical photographers work closely with other healthcare professionals. Much of their work involves contact with patients.  Most entrants to medical photography have an HND, foundation degree or degree in photography, illustration, graphic design or video production. Applicants to courses are expected to have a portfolio of their photography, art or design work.

For more information please visit the following websites:


Maritime Medicine:

Ship’s doctors deal with a range of things and each day is different.  Large ships, for example Cruise liners often have wards, theatres and intensive care units and employ a range of medical staff.  When on-board, doctors are usually on-call 24 hours a day.  Doctors will often need training in protocols and using the computer systems on-board the ship. 
For more information please visit the following website:


Medical Relief Work:

Medical relief doctors help people during emergencies.  They work in the world’s most difficult and dangerous environments.  They stay in place until lasting healthcare services are rebuilt (after a disaster).  Their work can also include helping to prevent disease and educating people.
For more information please visit our page on working in undeveloped countries and the trauma register.

Also see: http://www.merlin.org.uk/

Medical Sales:

Medical Sales Representatives act as a link between the Pharmaceutical industry and health care professionals.  They are usually based in a specific area and will specialise in a particular area.  They meet with clients, discuss their needs etc and provide an after-sales service.
For more information please visit the following websites:


Occupational Medicine:

A doctor’s principal role in Occupational Medicine is the provision of health advice to organisations and individuals to ensure that high standards of Health and Safety at Work can be achieved and maintained.  Doctors in this field help to prevent injuries at work and support people back into work if they have had an injury.

Visit the specialty pages on occupational medicine.


Sport and Exercise Medicine:

There are a few NHS consultant posts in sports and exercise medicine (SEM), but most are in the private sector.  The best way to get into SEM is to have an interest in sports activities.  There are also diplomas or MSc courses in SEM.  There are a wide range of jobs available in SEM including team doctors, triathlon and marathon medicine, general practitioners with a specialist interest, teaching and research.

Visit the specialty pages on Sport and Exercise Medicine.
For more information please visit the following website: http://www.basem.co.uk/

Space medicine:

Doctors in space medicine are concerned with the effect of microgravity on the human body and how gravity has multi-system impact.  The work often involves a lot of research and is a very specialist area.
For more information please visit the following website: http://www.careers.bmj.com/

Voluntary work:

There are many opportunities for qualified to doctors to work overseas on a voluntary basis.  For more information please visit the following website:

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