• assess and examine patients to establish if an operation is necessary
  • manage and monitor preoperative and postoperative treatments and procedures, such as use of sedatives and antibiotics
  • speak to patients and their families before surgery to go through the procedures that will be carried out with them to provide reassurance
  • operate on patients to improve or restore functions, such as repair injuries or treat diseases
  • follow established surgical techniques during the operation
  • direct and coordinate the activities of other health staff within the multidisciplinary team, including junior doctors, nurses and operating department practitioners
  • undertake ward rounds on a regular basis and take outpatients clinics - the amount of time you spend on these activities will depend on your specialism
  • refer patients to other medical specialists or other practitioners when necessary
  • Degree in medicine recognised by the General Medical Council (GMC). 
  • technical knowledge and clinical expertise in order to elicit the necessary information from patients and identify key issues and the appropriate options
  • good hand-eye coordination to perform operations
  • communication skills, with the ability to adapt your communication style to suit the situation
  • leadership and team involvement skills to positively deal with problems in a non-confrontational away
  • negotiation skills in order to reach solutions to complex, and often competing, needs