Responsibilities
  • diagnose complex neurological problems by listening to the patient's history, as well as by examining them and using specific neurological tests
  • run outpatient clinics, where you’ll mainly see patients with a chronic condition, i.e. a disease that takes a long time to develop such as Parkinson's and multiple sclerosis, or diagnose rare diseases
  • complete ward rounds where you'll look after a caseload of inpatients
  • treat acute conditions, i.e. those that come on suddenly, such as stroke
  • offer specialist expertise and guidance to other doctors and staff from a range of medical specialties
  • spend approximately half a day a week in academic meetings with neurosurgeons, neuroradiologists and other neurological colleagues for learning and development and to discuss cases as a team, drawing on the expertise of all these specialists
  • liaise with other medical and non-medical staff in hospital settings to ensure all of the patients' needs are met
  • keep up your knowledge of the latest treatments for neurological disorders, which have vastly increased over the past decade
Requirements
  • Degree in medicine recognised by the General Medical Council (GMC).
  • Medical degree  followed by two years of foundation training, 
Skills
 
  • Excellent knowledge of anatomy, physiology, the central nervous system and other body systems
  • Good diagnostic skills to determine the type of disease, its severity and extent
  • Excellent problem-solving and clinical decision-making skills
  • The ability to work alone and in multidisciplinary teams
  • Good time management and organisational skills
  • The ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing, with patients and staff from a wide range of backgrounds
  • Excellent practical skills, to be able to complete clinical neurological examinations such as the lumbar puncture
  • Familiarity with research methods and a willingness to keep up to date with advances in treatments
  • Leadership ability.