- monitor and provide general care to patients on hospital wards and in outpatient clinics
- admit patients requiring special care, followed by investigations and treatment
- examine and talk to patients to diagnose their medical conditions
- carry out specific procedures, e.g. performing operations and specialist investigations
- make notes and prepare paperwork, both as a legal record of treatment and for the benefit of other healthcare professionals
- work with other doctors as part of a team, either in the same department or within other specialties
- liaise with other medical and non-medical staff in the hospital to ensure quality treatment
- promote health education
- undertake managerial responsibilities such as planning the workload and staffing of the department, especially at more senior levels
- teach and supervise junior doctors and medical students
- carry out auditing and research.
- a degree in medicine, recognised by the General Medical Council (GMC)
- a two-year foundation programme of general training
- specialist training in a chosen area of medicine.
- personal qualities such as commitment to caring for others, resourcefulness and stamina
- a willingness to accept responsibility when making decisions on patients
- the ability to prioritise a busy workload and work under pressure
- motivation and perseverance
- the ability to communicate well with people, demonstrating empathy and reflection
- teamworking and leadership skills.